CM Yogi Adityanath will signal the distribution of Lucknow by distributing 60,000 smartphones and 40,000 tablets to recipients of 1 lakh. (File photo)
LUCKNOW: The state government will begin distributing tablets and smartphones to 1 crore students from Saturday, to mark the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will stop the distribution of Lucknow by distributing 60,000 smartphones and 40,000 tablets to 1 lakh recipients.
The CM will also launch the Digi Shakti portal and the Digi Shakti Adhyayan app on Saturday. The application will be pre-installed on all smartphones and tablets.
“A large number of students from every district in the state will participate in the program. The aim of the program is to ensure that students have easy access to distance learning courses, get content for their studies and also information related to employment, ”said a government spokesperson. The free tablet and smartphone program was announced by the CM earlier this year and licensed by the cabinet. The new app will be used by the relevant educational institution or university to provide study materials to students, as well as information on employment-related programs and other youth protection programs.
Kumar Vineet, special secretary (IT and electronics), said the government would sign a contract with Infosys for the company to provide more than 3,900 education and employment-related programs to young people free of charge. “The government has developed elaborate plans to empower young people in the UP. Thanks to smartphones and tablets, young people will receive excellent content for studies, competitions and job information with which they can become independent, ”he said.
In a first distribution phase, smartphones and tablets will be given to young people in the last year of studies. After that, programs will be organized at the district level for the distribution of phones and tablets to other students. Young people who have not been able to register for the program can do so through the Digi Shakti portal from December 25.