After giving tablets, civic body now proposes to give students spike guards, plugs

Mumbai: After spending Rs 15.61 crore for providing electronic tablets at civic schools, the civic body has come up with a new proposal worth Rs 91 lakh to provide spike guards and plugs in the civic schools.

A proposal in this regard will be tabled at the civic body’s standing committee meeting on Wednesday.

Following the complaints of students from the civic schools for lack of plugs to charge the tablets in the classrooms, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai will soon purchase 224 spike guards and 7224 plugs to install in all 1200 municipal schools in the city.

Moreover, the civic body will spend Rs 450 and Rs 550 for each spike guard and plug. The civic body had previously provided around 22,799 tablets to the students of classes IX and X in all the civic schools. The proposal for providing tablets in civic schools was passed last year where the civic body spent Rs 6850 for each tab. The tablets were given to students of all language mediums, like English, Hindi, Marathi, and Urdu. Altogether the civic body spent Rs 15.31 crore for tablets priced at Rs 6850 each.

The tablets were given in a bid to introduce students to new technologies and more easy access to the study material since the tablets were preloaded with the entire syllabus. However, the opposition parties raised an outcry about the lack of facilities in the tablets like Wi-Fi and 3G internets.

The opposition party’s allegation led to further revelation of the tablet scam where the opposition parties alleged that the given tablets were China made and of low quality. They further said that the tablets that are given to the students are available at the market at a cost of Rs 1500-3500, whereas, the MCGM has purchased it at Rs 6850.

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