Despite the BJP's opposition, the Shiv Sena approves a Rs 38 crore tablets project

by Web Desk | Published: 15 Jan 2022

Even after several criticisms from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena without even considering it has granted a Rs 38-crores request for the purchase of tablets for BMC-run schools. For SSC students in Marathi, English, Hindi, and Urdu medium schools, the Municipal Government intends to purchase 19,401 tablets. The Standing Committee approved a proposal that would pay a corporation Rs 20,000 for each device.


In 2015, the BMC introduced a tablet policy, spending Rs 6,850 per tablet before spending Rs 15,06 crore on 22,799 tablets. The board set aside Rs 7.08 crores in the 2017 civic budget, which works out to Rs 10,000 per tab. The BJP objected to the proposal and wanted specifics on each tab, citing rising prices as a reason. They alleged that the BMC administration failed to provide technical information such as screen size, battery, RAM, internet connectivity, installed learning software, and manufacturer information.


As a result, the BJP demanded a debate on the issue, but Standing Committee Chairman Yashwant Jadhav supported the proposal by a majority vote. "The main we have in our minds is to make sure that students get high-quality tabs at this point of time" according to Prabhakar Shinde, the BJP's BMC group leader. He further stated that "The procedure of obtaining tabs for SSC students was tainted by corruption. Despite submitting letter after letter, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has failed to revert. Many flaws in the 2015 tablets, according to Shinde, included charging troubles and the inability to open study apps. "When studying the tabs used to hang indefinitely. These issues were not taken into account when acquiring new tabs" He was perplexed.


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