Punjab govt. has announced the launch of Free Smartphone Distribution Scheme 2020 to distribute free smartphones among the youths. In the 1st phase, around 50,000 smartphones will be given to girl students of govt. schools of class 11th & 12th. CMO Punjab has approved the modalities for distribution of free mobile phones and procurement of phones has already been completed. The manufacturing firm has also ruled out any Chinese connection.
To lure the youths of the state, the current CM of Punjab had announced Smartphone Distribution Scheme in 2016. Under this scheme, announcement was made to provide 50 lakh smartphones with one year of free data and calling to the youth in the state. The main objective is to empower young fellows and to connect them digitally to facilitate online learning on priority during COVID-19 crisis.
This Punjab Smartphone Distribution Scheme 2020 is a pre poll promise of CM Amarinder Singh led congress government which is fulfilled after 2 years of coming in power.
Punjab Free Smartphone Distribution Scheme 2020 (Phase 1) – Complete Details
On 28 July 2020, CM Captain Amarinder Singh of Punjab govt. has decided to start 1st phase of Free Smartphone Distribution Scheme. In this first phase, around 50,000 smartphones would be given to girl students of govt. schools which are studying in class 11th or 12th. All the girl students will be required to submit a self certification form. This form will ensure that the youth beneficiaries of this scheme are already not in a possession of smartphone and they really requires it.
|Objective||To provide smartphones to youth to digitally empower them & facilitate online learning amid COVID-19 pandemic outbreak|
|Number of Smartphones||50,000|
|Announced by||Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh|
|Announced Date for Phase 1||28 July 2020|
|Beneficiaries of Phase 1||Girl Students of govt. schools studying in class 11th or 12th|
|Official Name of Scheme||Mobile Phones to Youth Scheme|
|Targeted Beneficiaries of all Phase||All youths of the state|
This new Smartphone Distribution Yojana in Punjab will give a further boost to the digital empowerment agenda of the state government.
What is Punjab Mobile Phones to Youth Scheme 2020?
The new Mobile Phones to Youth Scheme is a govt. initiative to access several digital platforms to youth. Accordingly, the state govt. will help youth in getting information from websites, applications to enable them to take informed career decisions. All the students can then get info. about education and career opportunities and access basic citizen services. Punjab govt. Free Smartphone Distribution Scheme was a pre-poll promise of the congress party. The state govt. had set aside funds for Muft Smartphone Yojana in Punjab Budget 2017-18, 2018-19 and further in 2019-20.
Which Type of Mobile Phones are to be given under Free Smartphone Scheme in Punjab?
Under the Punjab Mobile Phones to the Youth scheme, govt. will provide basic smartphones to girl students in 11th & 12th standards. All these given handsets which are to be distributed will come up with various features which includes:-
- Touchscreen Interface
- Camera Unit
- Internet Connectivity
- Social Media Apps
- Other Basic Functionalities
How the Free Smartphone Distribution Scheme 2020 will be Implemented?
According to the initial details by Punjab government, Mobile Phones to the Youth Scheme will incorporate an open transparent biding process. This would be done to select vendors who will be responsible to provide mobile devices to students. Punjab Information Technology Corporation Ltd. will float tenders for Free Smartphone Distribution Scheme. Then in the next few days, vendor will deliver first set of handsets under Mobile Phones to the Youth Scheme by December 2019.
Who are Mobile Phones to Youth Scheme Beneficiaries?
As per the official press release, in the initial or 1st phase, mobile phones are going to be provided to girl students of class 11th & 12th. Priority will be given to those girls who already do not own a mobile phone to enable them to do online learning. After the successful implementation of first phase of Mobile Phones to Youth Scheme, the scheme will be extended to other students as well.Content Source / Reference Link: https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/no-china-connection-in-smartphones-to-be-given-to-punjab-students--cm.html SAVE AS PDF