Jharkhand: Now, students to get a tab, 2 GB free data for online studies

Ranchi: State’s Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Caste and Backward Class Welfare department will soon begin distribution of tabs to students of 136 residential schools run by it along with free 2 GB data pack per month for a period one year to facilitate online studies in the wake of closure of schools in Jharkhand due to covid-19 pandemic.

Department’s minister Champai Soren said that a decision to this effect was approved by the cabinet on Wednesday. “About Rs 26.25 crore is estimated to cost the government for this project,” he said, adding that about 136 schools having 21000 children from class 1-12 will be covered under this scheme.

“Tabs distributed to them will have preloaded educational content and government will provide them datapack (2GB) per month for 12 months. Due to lockdown of the schools owing to the ongoing pandemic, poor students specially those who are from marginalized and adivasi communities are facing difficulties to study online due to lack of access to smart phones,” he said.

While different organizations including state police in the past has rolled out different programmes such as mobile banks, gadget banks to collect unused phones and distribute among poor kids for studies, it is for the first time that the state government has taken such measure.