Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Saturday the government would give money to deserving Grade X students instead of providing computers as “many parts are from China and other countries” and during the coronavirus Pandemic are difficult to obtain.
At a press conference here, Sarma said, the state government decided to deposit 20,000 rupees into the bank account of a student who scores star grades, or 75 percent, on high school exams starting this year.
“We usually give each student a star rated computer. Since many parts of a computer come from China and other countries and it is not beneficial for us to buy it now, we decided to put Rs 20,000 in each student’s bank account, ”he added.
This year, 16,944 students have scored stars and 16,648 banking information has already been collected, he said.
Sarma also said that the government does not install the latest software programs such as Microsoft Windows on the computers and that most students change them after receiving machines.
“We plan to launch the program by depositing the money on September 12th. We will need Rs 33-34 for this program,” he added.
The minister also announced that 8,000 Namghars (a place of worship for Vaishnavite followers) will receive Rs 2.5 lakh each of the budget announcements, including those from outside the state.
“In the budget we announced that we would give 377 religious places such as temples, masjids and churches 10 lakh each.
We sanctioned Rs 37.7 crore for this today, ”he added.
Sarma stated that all programs will be completed by November 30th and said two special programs and several infrastructure-related projects will be announced next week.