The new government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is all set to abolish the laptop scheme. The scheme was started by the ex-Prime Minister—Nawaz Sharif on the 23rd of May 2014.
Since the moment the new government took charge of the country and its systems and the new Prime Minister—Imran Khan took charge of the office, many changes have been made in the administration of the government. Beginning with the reduction of the Prime Minister’s personal expenses to the decision taken by the government of increasing taxes. It is apparent that the new government has been completely occupied with the implementation of new alterations in the old set-up.
The cancellation of this scheme is no big surprise as the present Prime Minister—Imran Khan has always voiced his opinion against this scheme ever since it was incepted. As per him, this was just another gesture of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to maintain its vote bank, while ignoring the actual problems in Punjab and Pakistan.
The Information Minister—Fawad Chaudhry said that all such schemes by the former government would be abolished, including the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP).
The Prime Minister’s laptop scheme was a program initiated by the PML-N government in the budget speech of the financial year 2013-14. The scheme was introduced to facilitate the youth and for providing laptops to those students who were deserving enough to earn one. The laptop distribution took place each year in public and semi-public educational institutions of Pakistan. So far, a total of three lac laptops have been distributed throughout the various parts of Punjab and Kashmir. The cancellation of the scheme would, however, be barring the students from availing this opportunity anymore.