Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday kick-started the distribution of laptops to college students, in line with his Samajwadi Party's election promise.
Of the 9,935 laptops meant to be given away, Yadav presented 51 to selected students here to mark one year of the Samajwadi Party government.
At a function at the Colvin Taluqdars College, the chief minister, accompanied by many of his cabinet colleagues, distributed the laptops to the beneficiaries.
A visibly elated chief minister said, "I have been brought up with sad stories about Uttar Pradesh but I am sure the perception about the state will change from now on."
He added that very soon students from across the state who are eligible would get free laptops.
He used the event to attack the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for demeaning the laptop scheme.
The next phase of distributing 5,000 laptops would take place at Mainpuri, the parliamentary constituency of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, officials said.
Features & Specifications of Laptop
IT major Hewlett Packard (HP) had been given the mammoth contract worth about Rs 2,800 crore after a bidding process.
14 inch display
2 GB RAM
500 GB hard disk capacity
Bluetooth / Wi-Fi
3 USB ports
1 HDMI Port
Media card reader
Headphone or Speaker out port
Supports three languages- English, Hindi & Urdu
Pre-loaded Microsoft Office 2010
3 hours battery backup