Laptop for students: Kudumbashree, KSFE to start micro chitty scheme


Thiruvananthapuram: With an aim to help parents to purchase laptop for their children to attend the online classes, Kudumbashree and KSFE joined hands to launch a micro chitty scheme. Minister Thomas Isaac stated that under the chitty scheme, 2 lakh laptops will be distributed within 3 months.

Neighbourhood study centres will be started to ensure that all children have access online classes. Apart from this, laptop under Rs 15,000 will be distributed through the chitty scheme.

Rs 15,000 within a year

The micro chitty scheme of Rs 15,000 will be undertaken by KSFE for Kudumbashree. Beneficiaries of the scheme must pay a monthly instalment of Rs 500 for 30 months. If 10 instalments are paid without fail, KSFE will reward the consumer with next instalment of Rs 500. In this manner, KSFE will pay Rs 1500 for the beneficiaries who make the payments on time.

Get laptop on the third month of the chitty

KSFE will distribute the fund needed to purchase a laptop on the third month of joining the chitty. IT department will issue a tender via Kudumbashree to select the laptop distributors.

Once the chitty completes the maturity period, the amount spent on the laptop will be deducted from it and the balance amount will be given to the beneficiary.

Kudumbashree unit which adds beneficiaries to the scheme will get 2 percent commission of each instalment.

Subsidy for laptop

Local self-governing bodies, SC, ST department and fisheries department are allowed to give subsidy to purchase a laptop. The government is also mulling over to consider allowing MLAs to grant subsidy from their fund.

The amount of subsidy should be paid at KSFE. On the basis of this, the number of instalments will be reduced. Public representatives are also allowed to grant more subsidies through sponsors.

An official order regarding the laptop chitty will be issued soon by various departments. It is reported that KSEF will launch the chitty once departments issue the order.

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