Govt to lodge FIR against students selling laptops

Govt to lodge FIR against students selling laptops

Many try to dispose of their free computers at low prices

In an apparent move to prevent students from selling the laptops given to them free of cost in the open market, Uttar Pradesh government is reportedly mulling registration of cases against those found to be doing so.

The move comes amid reports that several students tried to sell the laptops dirt cheap  in the markets.

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had on Sunday declared that FIRs would be lodged against those, who tried to sell their laptops.

“Laptops have been given to help the students in their study. They are not for sale,” Mulayam warned students at a function in Etawah where chief minister Akhilesh Yadav distributed free laptops to hundreds of students.

A senior officer here said Mulayam’s warning was an indication that he wanted some kind of check on the alleged sale of laptops.

Akhilesh had launched the scheme in Lucknow in March this year and barely hours after the distribution, many students reportedly reached the market to sell the machine.

In Lucknow, a computer shop owner said the students were ready to sell the laptops for as low as Rs 10,000.

It was not clear if the students were able to sell the laptops. Some shopkeepers said they refused to purchase them as they were different from the ordinary ones.

The officers said the students were made to fill up forms stating that they will use them for their personal work.

“Besides, every laptop has a separate number. We can easily know from the number to whom it was given,” an officer  said.

The laptops can be easily identified as ‘poore hote vaade’ (fulfilling the promises) is written on them and they also have tamper-proof images of Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav on the cover. The images will pop up each time the system is booted out.

The government plans to distribute free laptops to 15 lakh students in the current year.