Punjab govt. has announced the launch of Smartphone Distribution Scheme 2019 to distribute free smartphones among the youths of the state. The state cabinet has approved the modalities for distribution of free mobile phones on 2 January 2019. In the 1st phase, all the graduating students of government schools, colleges and technical institutions would be covered.
To lure the youths of the state, the current CM of Punjab in 2016 announced Smartphone Distribution Scheme. 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. This will empower young fellows and will connect them digitally to welfare schemes for them.
This Punjab Smartphone Distribution Scheme 2019 is a pre poll promise of CM Amarinder Singh led congress government which is fulfilled after 2 years of coming in power.
Punjab Smartphone Distribution Scheme 2019
On 2 January 2019, cabinet committee of Punjab govt. has decided to start 1st phase Smartphone Distribution Scheme. In this first phase, smartphones would be given to students of govt. schools, colleges and various technical institutions. All the 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 1 smartphone to each youth to digitally empower them|
|Voice Calls (Talk Time)||600 local minutes|
|Mobile Data (Internet Connectivity)||One time bundled 12 GB data|
|1st Phase Smartphone beneficiaries||Students of govt. schools, colleges and various technical institutions|
|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. In addition to this, the state govt. will also provide one time bundled 12 GB data along with 600 local minutes talk time for voice calls which remain valid for 1 year.
Punjab Smartphone Distribution Yojana Implementation
To successfully implement this Smartphone Distribution Yojana, govt. will select vendors through an open and transparent bidding process. For this purpose, the tender document has already been floated by the Punjab Information & Communication Technology Corporation. Moreover, these vendors would be on board within a stipulated time duration of 2 months.
Fulfilling another poll promise, my govt is all set to provide smart phones to the youth. #PunjabCabinet today approved the modalities for distribution of phones. We'll cover graduating students of govt. educational institutions in the 1st phase. pic.twitter.com/5Turv0EDyr
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) January 2, 2019
The first lot of mobile phones (smartphones) is going to be distributed in the month of March 2019. Despite facing financial crisis, the state govt. wants to successfully implement this scheme before the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. This is because the opposition parties are consistently attacking the Punjab govt. over its failure to keep its pre poll promise.
The cabinet committee has transferred the authority to CM to finalize the name of this scheme. Moreover, chairman of the committee is also authorized for procurement and distribution of smartphones and to make changes in the Request For Proposal (RFP) which may be required in the near future.