Online registration for free Samajwadi smartphones by month-end

LUCKNOW: The state government would open online registration for free Samajwadi smartphone scheme announced by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav by the month-end, according to sources.

The beneficiaries would be given free smartphones in the latter half of 2017 only if the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) gets to form the government again. The scheme has also drawn the attention of cellphone companies which have started showing up with a proposal to set up manufacturing facilities in Uttar Pradesh.

“We had made a similar promise for free laptops in our poll manifesto. We have already distributed 18 lakhs laptops. The target for smartphones is five times more,” said an official requesting anonymity. He said the registration process would be opened in phases and arrangements were being made for a formal launch.

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Date – 11th September 2016  Name of Newspaper – Hindustan Times