Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced that his government will soon begin the ‘Samajwadi Smartphone Scheme’, wherein it will distribute free smartphones. This initiative, Yadav says, is for the “benefit of all sections of the society.” According to an official, the Samajwadi smartphone would be equipped with latest modern technology and would have all facilities of a smartphone, a detailed unified application, which would have audio, video and textual information about the state government. Also Read - Why smartphones must be classified as an essential product during COVID-19 lockdownsAlso Read - How is the Smartphone Industry Trend in 2021?
The Samajwadi smartphone will also feature apps for rural people that will help them with information about the latest rates of agro products, details of best practices and weather-related data as well. There will also be information available milk producers, along with job and vacancy information, reading material for students, entrance and results, loan and other financial assistance details for small-time businessmen. Yadav also underlined that the selection process for the distribution of the smartphones would be completely transparent and the applicants would not have to go to any government officer for this. The system also has a facility wherein after online selection of the beneficiary, smartphones would be straight away dispatched to the beneficiaries’ addresses. Yadav says this will keep away possibility of any corruption. The registration process would be initiated within one month. Also Read - Flipkart Smartphones Carnival sale: Deals on Apple, Samsung, Poco, Realme, more smartphones
Those applying for the Samajwadi smartphone have to be minimum high school pass, should be bona fide resident of UP, and of 18 years of age as on January 1, 2017. Applicants whose parents work with the state government will not be eligible, and neither those working with the government. If one is working in the private sector, they will only be allowed to apply for a smartphone if their annual income is less that Rs 2 lakh. During online registration, a scanned copy of the high school certificate has to be uploaded and no other paper would be required.
The smartphone would be distributed in the second half of 2017 on first come/registration first basis. Applicants will have to self-attest information provided by them at the time of registration and they would be getting information through SMS alerts, at every step. RELATED: Samajwadi Akhilesh app launched by Uttar Pradesh CM to connect with people
This is the second such initiative by the state government after rolling out the world’s largest free laptop distribution scheme. Yadav said that the Samajwadi Party government had ushered in “Digital Democracy” in the state and expressed hope that the new and ambitious scheme will enable two-way communication between the people and the state government. The chief minister stated that such schemes would be helpful in spreading awareness among the people of various policies and that people’s feedback would also reach the state government. ALSO READ: Internet, smartphones can boost healthy lifestyle: Study