Uttam demands free laptops for poor students

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Congress party President Uttam Kumar Reddy is speaking at DISHA Meeting held in Suryapet. Minister for Power Jagadish Reddy and others are also seen - Photo by P Anil Kumar

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President and Nalgonda MP Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Saturday demanded that the Central and State Governments must provide free laptops to all the poor students belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families across Telangana State in view of the growing demand for online classes due to Covid lockdown.

He was addressing District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DISHA) meetings in Suryapet and Nalgonda districts which were held to review all government-funded schemes in these two districts under Nalgonda Parliamentary constituency.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Covid-19 pandemic has badly hit the education system across the world and it was difficult to impart education through conventional means. Therefore, online education has become the new norm. In view of the Corona pandemic and also to cater to future exigencies, he demanded that the Central and State Government should distribute free laptops to all BPL students. He said poor families could not afford a smartphone or laptop on their own. Therefore, both the Central and State Governments must work out a strategy to equip all poor students with a free laptop, along with free internet connectivity. “They must focus on creating the right facilities and infrastructure for poor students. Only then online education will be successful,” he said.

The TPCC Chief reiterated the demand that the State Government must utilise entire Mineral Funds to upgrade and strengthen the government hospitals in the State. He said all PHCs, Community Health Centres, Area Hospitals, etc., should be upgraded using the Mineral Funds without further delay. He said all public representatives at lower levels like Mandal Parishad presidents have complained of lack of health infrastructure in their areas. He said this gap could be filled by using available Mineral Funds.

Uttam Kumar Reddy also pointed out that farmers in Telangana have no crop insurance as the State Government did not take adequate care of them. He said there was a lack of coordination between the Central and State Government which resulted in farmers not getting insurance facilities for their crops. Therefore, he demanded that Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao must take immediate measures to ensure crop insurance is restored.

The Nalgonda MP, along with other District Ministers, MLAs, MPPs and all-district officials, had a detailed review of Covid-19 situation in Suryapet and Nalgonda districts which was chaired by the Minister Jagdeeshwar Reddy who represents the district. They had detailed discussion on available testing and treatment facilities of Covid-19 patients. They also reviewed the statistics pertaining to cases, tests, active cases, deaths, recoveries and other facilities in both the districts, especially in rural areas.

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