Yeh tau hona he tha : Laptops for sale

  • Free laptops for Punjab students, now sold online

    As the Government of Punjab continues to distribute free laptops to ‘talented’ students in the province, it appears that some have taken to selling the gift online.

    I thought these meritorious students would be doing research on these laptops. Hahahahaha

  • LOL...thats funny..

    But what's serious is that the courts are now investigating the scheme...

  • @Sandman,

    Please review this news again. The case has been disposed off by the court and it has ordered the convenor of this program to look into the matter and revert with a satisfactory justification to the petitioner. Obviously not everyone can be be satisfied and there would be people out there who would feel undone. But that in no way casts aspersion on the motive of Punjab Government as the selected candidates are sifted through multiple stages and somewhere along the line, gaffes are bound to happen.

  • @Sidd

    So, what was the motive of Punjab Govt?

  • To honour meritorious students of Punjab.

  • Sid bhai,

    To quote:

    "Justice Umar Ata Bandyal, hearing the petition, ordered the convener of the program to investigate into the issue and also ordered the petitioner to approach the convener after seven days to resolve his grievance. The petition was disposed of after the orders were passed."

    Thats what I said, the scheme is being investigated...

    The issue is not if gaffes were made or not, its that its embarrassing for SS when laptops are being sold online, there are allegations of laptops not being awarded on merit, allegations of money spent on lavish functions to hand out 30 laptops, etc, etc...

    Overall it gives the impression that the whole scheme was badly thought out, managed and implemented. Typical PMLN you could say :)

  • @Sand,

    The case is being investigated by the convenor and not the courts; that's the difference. If some degenerates have decided to sell of their machines in the open market, how does it reflect poorly or cause an embarrassment to SS and Punjab Government. As for allegations, they still entail investigation until it is proven that irregularities did take place under institutional supervision.

  • @siddiqi73

    "To honour meritorious students of Punjab."

    Come on bhai, i was not expecting this from you, being a senior and active blogger. Did anybody asked students, what should be done to honour them? NO, bcoz being a student, i know, its more important to get an internship/traineeship after completing the degree, as its very hard to get a job, even an interview call, if you don't have any practical experience.

    If it was to honour meritorious students, then why a hell of tax payers money was spent on sharif family & PMLN promotion?

  • @Abdulhameed,

    I completely agree with you and it sounds like a brilliant idea. But bro for something this ingenious and out of the box endeavour has to materialize, the state needs competent bureaucrats and public representatives who are attuned with best practices of a corporate culture and who are willing to go into the market and strategise alliances with FMCG, Banks, Services Sectors and Multi national Companies wherein such corporate houses would set aside a specific quota of internees who will be sponsored by the Punjab Government or for that matter, any government.

    I'm all for such ideas and eventually no matter who is perched on the seat of power, the rulers would have to think along corporate lines and out of the box ideas to provide relief to the citizenry.

  • @Sid,

    When you do a scheme or take an iniative, you understandably want "good" publicity....but there has been enough "bad" publicity around this laptop scheme, that can be preceived as negative or embarrassing.

    The key point is not what the intention of CM/Punjab Govt was, but what the preception is.

    Personaly, I believe it's just a move to win over some of the youth vote (as no doubt you would expect me to :) ), and there will be others (PMLN supporters) who will believe its a genuine iniative to support the students. Why knows, maybe the truth is somewhere in between??

    But my point is, "bad" publicity creates a negative preception which counters any good intentions intended. Therefore, bad publicity is to be avoided....

    I don't think I would be wrong in saying that there has been enough bad publicity (for whatever reason, political/personal) in the press that has taken the gloss off the scheme....

  • As I read and understood, the Procedure adopted for distribution of laptops is a Good one, and to most extent ensures transparency.

    The Problem to me is the vision, objective, benefits of the scheme and the money spent on personal projection, wont go into details since its already been discussed before.

  • And this sale of laptops in the market was bound to happen.

    As I quoted earlier the stats of ITU that internet penetration in Pakistan is around 16.8%, and its safe to assume that computer/laptop penetration would be higher thn this since Not everyone who has the computer has the internet connection but it cannot be the case the other way round.

    Considering this, I think more thn 95% (or more) of students getting the laptops (even 95% all uni level students) already have the access to Personal Computer and internet connection.

  • @Sand,

    In our culture of leg pulling and trying to prove that one is a bigger m0ron than the other, more often than not aspersions would be cast even if something is being done with the most purest of intentions in mind. There are haters and purveyors of bad publicity in rival political parties and electronic and print media who try to do their utmost best to take the sheen off of anything even if it is good for the public. In this regard, I will not absolve PML-N either.

  • @siddiqi

    I admire your diehard approach of defending a screwed govt as sharifs in Punjab, it's not an ordinary

    Having said that, how would you justify Nawaz Sharif distributing laptops bought of exchequers money? Have you noticed smirk on ns face when he doles out laptop to students? As if royal high highness blessing his subjects with loot....loll

    Previous yellow taxi scheme cost Pak $700 millions in defaulted loans and deprived govt of $500 million in revenue as the import duties were lifted, now god only knows how much this poor nation will have to pay for these brilliant brothers screw-up scheme for another yellow cab scheme.

    To me, you are a wise guy who made only one mistake in life; joining PML-N, sorta Curtlty Ambrose playing in Bangladesh Team".."."...."lol

  • SAK!!! Long time no howler...I thought you had been made Additional Secretary of PTI's social media team overseeing political activity on the internet which led to you being incommunicado for a while now ;)

    And thanks for the adulations and reverence, I would try to consume such veneration with a pinch of salt :D As for distribution of laptops by NS, I will not try to be my usual intransigent self but can only present an opinion that NS is an ex-PM whose party is in the government in Punjab. BTW, you did not raise any objection on Maryam doing the same thing; am I correct to assume that another "Daisy Cutter Bomb" has been dropped on your behind since MM and Sana Bucha :D :D

    As for Curtly Ambrose and Bengali Cricket....hahahahah!

  • answer me a simple question:

    who is corrupt? the one who gave you free laptop (out of taxpayer money) or the one who is selling/buying it in the market?

  • Answer: The one who gave the free laptop to buy support of youth but

    Laptop shahbaz ka vote imran ka

  • اس سے کیا فرق پڑتا ہے؟ یہاں تو لوگ اپنی ضروریات پوری کرنے کے لیے اپنے گولڈ میڈل تک بیچ دیتے ہیں

    دیار غیر میں پاکستان کیلئے کارہائے نمایاں انجام دینے والے سابق اولمپئن اور ایشین گولڈ میڈلسٹ باکسر جان محمد بلوچ جگر کے عارضے میں مبتلا ہوکر شدید مشکلات کا شکار ہیں، ان کا کہنا ہے کہ وہ پاکستان باکسنگ فیڈریشن سے مدد نہ ملنے اور بچوں کی بیروزگاری کے باعث ریگل چوک پر اپنی معذور بیٹی کے ہمراہ گولڈ میڈل فروخت اور مخیر حضرات سے بھیک مانگیں گے

    ہاں غیر منتخب لوگوں اور نواز شریف کے فیملی کے افراد کا قومی خزانے سے خریدے گئے لیپ توپ تقسیم کرنا ضرور قابل مذمت ہے

  • Yeh to hona he tha.


    and that's the problem #1 of Pakistan today. Instead of solving the basic problems of Pakistan the top leadership of Pakistan is focusing on cheap ways to get some publicity and votes i.e BISP & now laptops.

  • and what's up with the people with 60% marks being qualified for the laptops. surely 60% is just not good enough. at least make it 80%+ so it looks that students are actually doing something.

    60% is rewarding mediocre students.