Congress MP Rahul Gandhi at Parliament | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
File photo | Congress MP Rahul Gandhi at Parliament | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Text Size:

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has provided 175 smart TVs to be distributed among tribal students in Kerala’s Wayanad to help them join online classes amid the coronavirus lockdown.

This was the second batch of smart TVs provided by the Wayanad MP in his constituency Wednesday. The Congress leader had previously handed 50 television sets to the Wayanad district administration on his 50th birthday (19 June).

The Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan-led government in Kerala has been running virtual classes through an initiative called the ‘First Bell‘. Televised lessons are being imparted to school students through the Victers TV channel in the state.

Also read: Modi govt asks Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to vacate official Lodhi Road bungalow in Delhi

Rahul offered help last month 

The Congress MP had promised to supply electronic devices for underprivileged students after a 14-year-old, Class 9 girl had allegedly committed suicide in Kerala’s Malappuram last month after she was unable to attend online classes due to lack of a smart TV or phone at home.

Gandhi had then written to CM Vijayan drawing his attention to the plight of the large number of tribal students in his constituency who don’t have access to smart devices for online education and unable to benefit from the government’s ‘First Bell’ initiative.

We are deeply grateful to our readers & viewers for their time, trust and subscriptions.

Quality journalism is expensive and needs readers to pay for it. Your support will define our work and ThePrint’s future.


He had requested the Kerala administration to extend necessary support for the underprivileged students to access digital tools.

“While it serves as a temporary alternative, its success depends on students’ access to digital infrastructures like computers, smartphones, cable television and reliable internet connections,” Gandhi wrote in a letter to the CM.

In a separate letter to the district collector last month, the Congress leader also offered his support and assistance towards procurement of devices. Gandhi had sought a list of families who don’t have access to TVs and smartphones.

“This is particularly troubling given the high dropout rates among tribal students in the district. I would be glad to extend my support and assistance towards the procurement of devices for students in underserved communities and request that you share with me details of these communities and their specific requirements,” he wrote to the district collector.

Also read: Rahul Gandhi gets on Telegram to ‘engage directly’ but his YouTube videos don’t offer much hope


Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

News media is in a crisis & only you can fix it

You are reading this because you value good, intelligent and objective journalism. We thank you for your time and your trust.

You also know that the news media is facing an unprecedented crisis. It is likely that you are also hearing of the brutal layoffs and pay-cuts hitting the industry. There are many reasons why the media’s economics is broken. But a big one is that good people are not yet paying enough for good journalism.

We have a newsroom filled with talented young reporters. We also have the country’s most robust editing and fact-checking team, finest news photographers and video professionals. We are building India’s most ambitious and energetic news platform. And we aren’t even three yet.

At ThePrint, we invest in quality journalists. We pay them fairly and on time even in this difficult period. As you may have noticed, we do not flinch from spending whatever it takes to make sure our reporters reach where the story is. Our stellar coronavirus coverage is a good example. You can check some of it here.

This comes with a sizable cost. For us to continue bringing quality journalism, we need readers like you to pay for it. Because the advertising market is broken too.

If you think we deserve your support, do join us in this endeavour to strengthen fair, free, courageous, and questioning journalism, please click on the link below. Your support will define our journalism, and ThePrint’s future. It will take just a few seconds of your time.

Support Our Journalism

3 Comments Share Your Views


  1. duffer …….. moron………half wit ………….idiot…………. traitor ……….. pakistani …………china man …………pappu ……gadha………..gandhi

  2. Is this worth a top headline? The Print is just an advertising agency for the Gandhi Dynasty & China/Pakistan.
    Mr Gupta, have you and your reporters ever considered what a Duffer & fool Rahul Gandhi is? And what a useless leeches Priyanka & her husband are?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here