Bengal to Provide 9.5 Lakh Free Tabs to Students for Online Learning


Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during Press Conference


West Bengal's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday to give free tablets to higher secondary and Madrasa College students ahead of the assembly election in the state. Along with that, each secondary school will also get a computer to conduct online education during pandemic.


Aiming at the 2021 election, the CM swiftly played her move to declare an additional 3% dearness allowance for 10lakh State Government Employees from Jan 1, 2021.


According to the chief minister, all the schools are closed at present & mainly dependent on online classes. But the majority of them could not access this mode of teaching because of financial reasons and lack of suitable equipment. So, the initiative will benefit 14,000 H.S. & 638 Madrasas.


The Chief Minister said, 'Most of the children have to study online but many families do not have a computer, tab or even a mobile phone. As a result, the students of those families are not able to take online classes. So, my government has decided that nine and a half lakh students in the state will be given tabs So that they can take online classes. '


The Govt. is looking forward to accomplishing this project quickly. Keeping that in mind, the chief minister proposed Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, “We can set up a committee involving Science and Technology, Madrasa and Mass Education departments to examine the feasibility of this project.”


Addressing the media, Banerjee promises to cut off the cost of RT-PCR tests from 1,250 to 950 as a relief to humble households affected by Covid 19.