Big News: India’s Digital CM Akhilesh Yadav Sets the Bar High by Promising #SamajwadiSmartPhone
The ‘smartphone’ which goes beyond the basics of calling and texting available on cell phones, is transforming the way people communicate with each other and digitise their lives. With this comes a big news from the digitally progressing state of India, Uttar Pradesh where the youngest ever CM Akhilesh Yadav is constantly using Information Technology to promote better communication and equality of opportunity among all sections of the society. His vision is centred on three key areas: creation of digital infrastructure, delivery of governance and services on demand, and digital empowerment of citizens.
What is the Big ‘Smartphone’ News in UP?
After the super successful Laptop Distribution Scheme in UP which greatly helped in bridging the digital divide and empowering the youth, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav now promises the effective implementation of a revolutionary “Samajwadi SmartPhone Yojana.”
#SamajwadiSmartPhone is another major step towards education and digital literacy in UP. These tiny pocket computers will keep people connected to the internet, improving their awareness and knowledge. The government has decided to start Samajwadi SmartPhone scheme to help a two-way communication between the government and people and also take direct feedback on the various schemes of the government.
A recent press release issued by Uttar Pradesh Government states that “The distribution of smartphone will start in the second half of 2017 on the basis of first come/registration, first serve basis. The phone will have a detailed app through which all information about the state government using audio-visual and text will be provided to people. Selecting the beneficiaries online, the smartphone will directly reach them to avoid any corruption. The registration for the same will start in a month’s time.”
How will Samajwadi SmartPhones Change the Lives of People in UP?
- Samajwadi Smart Phones will have the latest technology available in the global market
- Samajwadi SmartPhones will have a single comprehensive app consisting of audio, video and textual information about all the Government Schemes.
- Samajwadi SmartPhones will provide customized services to different sections of the society
- For farmers and rural residents, the smartphone would have updates on latest technology, best practices and market prices for their produce and information on weather.
- For Milk producers, information about government schemes, milk collection and delivery points as well as the best price and practices in the market.
- For Job applicants, simple application facility and time to time updates on latest opportunities in the job market
- For students, educational media content and admission application facility and result alerts
- For small business holders information on financial inclusion and updates about various government schemes and subsidies and simple application facility
- Online Registration would require only High School certificate
- No visit required to any government office, thanks to Samajwadi SmartPhones
- The applicants would self – certify the contents of their applications
- Samajwadi SmartPhones will adopt first of its kind delivery mechanism. The Smartphones would be delivered through a “Home Delivery” facility after due verification
- SMS alert at every stage of application till the delivery of Samajwadi SmartPhone
Eligibility Criteria for Samajwadi SmartPhone
- Applicant must be a citizen of Uttar Pradesh
- Applicant must be 18 years of age as on 1st January 2017
- Applicant must be a minimum High School Pass
- The applicant or their guardian should not be a regular government employee
- In case of private employment, annual family income of the applicant should be less than Rs. 2 lakhs
It has been Akhilesh Yadav’s dream to see Uttar Pradesh as one of the largest IT hubs in the country. His continued efforts are bringing unprecedented growth and development within the state. Our technocrat Chief Minister is surely driving a digital revolution in Uttar Pradesh.
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