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Disruption of import from China forces Dispur to distribute cash instead of computer

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GUWAHATI: The Assam government on Saturday said that the Coronavirus-induced disruption on import of various electronic items from China has forced the state government to provide cash instead of computers to the meritorious students who secured star marks in this year’s High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination results.

Earlier, the state government used to distribute computers to those students who secured star marks in the HSLC examination results.

Assam’s Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “This year, 16,944 students have secured star marks in the HSLC examination results. Usually, we had been distributing computers to those who secured star marks. However, since various parts of the computers were imported primarily from China and as the current situation is not conducive for purchase, we have decided to distribute cash instead of a computer this year.”

According to the Minister, the students will be distributed a cash award of Rs 20,000 each instead of a computer. “We will inaugurate the scheme in a ceremonial function to be held on September 12. The scheme will require approximately Rs 34 crore. 16,648 eligible students have already submitted their bank account numbers,” sarma said adding that the students will get cash awards instead of computers for the first time.

Notably, taking cognizance of the China-origin Coronavirus pandemic as well as the Doklam standoff, the Government of India intensified the campaign for Aatma Nirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India) while advocating for a boycott of Chinese made products.

A large number of civil society organisations from across the nation also condemned the neighbouring country and strengthened the boycott-China slogans. However, the Assam Minister’s announcement has exposed the true picture of the slogan – Aatma Nirbhar Bharat and India’s dependency on China.