Rain destroys 1,000 free laptops for students

NEW DELHI: Heavy downpour on Tuesday night spelt doom for the brand new laptops kept of the floor of the community hall at Gola Gokarnnath Tehsil. Rainwater flowed through the damaged doors and windows of the hall and entered the laptops, which did not even have proper cover despite being fresh purchases.

An officer told Mail Today on condition of anonymity that there were 1,117 laptops in the room. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was supposed to distribute them to Class XII pass students in the district in the last week of this month.

"It was decided initially that the laptops will be kept at the district collectorate. But we don’t know who ordered to shift them to the community hall of the tehsil. It was not safe. The doors of the hall are broken and the rainwater started flowing into the building due to waterlogging in the area. I picked up the laptops but realised that water had already seeped into them. I am told that some experts have been summoned to repair the damage,” the officer said.

“Interestingly, while the laptops were brought in packets, I noticed that a large number of them were kept without any cover. Someone must have opened them,” he added.

Manisha Trighatia, the District Magistrate of Lakhimpur Kheri, however, claimed that the laptops were in good condition.

“Although rainwater entered the hall, the laptops are safe. We have shifted them to another room. Some packets are wet which we would change before distribution,” she said.

Vidya Shankar Singh, Additional District Magistrate of Lakhimpur Kheri, said: “Moisture seems to have damaged some of the laptops. We are writing to HP India Limited, the manufacturing company of the laptop, to send their technical team here. They will check the laptops and fix the damage.” “ An inquiry has also been ordered to fix the responsibility and take action against those who were responsible for the lapses,” he added.

Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.

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