CM announcement for laptops not mobile phones, HRDD clarifies

Gangtok, 12 Apr:

The Human Resource Development Department clarified today that the state government will be providing laptops and not mobile phones to Class XII students.

It was reported that the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling had announced the distribution of free mobile phones to Class 12 students on 11 Apr while addressing a gathering at Soreng in West Sikkim during his 3-day tour of the district.

In a press release issued today, the department has said that it was a "faux pas" and the announcement may be understood as distribution of laptops and not mobile phones.

This was clarified during the conversation of Additional Chief Secretary, Human Resource Development Department, GP Upadhyaya, with the CM at Soreng in the evening of 11 Apr, the release mentions.

The process for providing laptops to students of Class 12 is underway, the release adds.

The team of HRDD has further requested all stakeholders to kindly acknowledge the initiatives of the state government towards quality education and join hands by creating a great social capital in the education sector.