MeraNews, Gandhinagar: On one hand the government never misses a chance to talk about its digitization initiatives under Digital India, the Gujarat government in its recently concluded Monsoon Session revealed that a whopping 3017 government schools across the state don’t have a basic computer lab for the students.

In an internal question asked by Jetpur (Chhota Udepur) MLA Sukhram Rathva during the two-day monsoon session of the Gujarat Assembly, he demanded that the government give district-wise details on how many primary schools of the state have computer laboratories for the students. He also wanted the education ministry to inform how many schools are yet to have this facility and until when they are to get computer laboratories.

Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, the education minister for the state in his reply, stated that 20, 112 schools in Gujarat have computer laboratory, while 3017 schools don’t.

According to the district-wise breakdown of the figures, Kutch has maximum schools (739) with no computer laboratory, while Dahod has 387, Devbhumi Dwarka has 292, Banaskantha has 151, Ahmedabad has 144 and Vadodara has 120 schools lacking computer labs.

While the government launched Digital India amidst much fanfare and promised the citizen a slew of online facilities in banking, education and health sectors, the implementation of the digitization plan continues to be in shambles as the above situation.

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