15 Sep '11, 1pm

Indian state in great laptop giveaway

CHENNAI (AFP) - The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Thursday began a US$2 billion (S$2.49 billion) giveaway of free laptops to every student in state-run schools and colleges over the next five years. The scheme was an election promise made by the local AIADMK party of former movie starlet J. Jayalalithaa, which came to power in state polls in May, and has been criticised by some as a cynical vote-buying ploy. The plan aims to provide laptops to nearly seven million students across the state, including 900,000 in the first year. Ms Jayalalithaa's administration has earmarked 10.2 billion rupees (S$267 million) to fund the project, but critics say the money would be better spent on social welfare schemes.

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