Akhilesh Yadav’s latest instrument to reach out to the people of Uttar Pradesh, where elections will be held next year, is the smartphone.
After free laptops, the Chief Minister is planning to give away free phones. But conditions apply.
People can request now but the smartphones will be home-delivered only in the “second half of 2017”- a clear sign that the Samajwadi Party plans to keep this promise only if it is voted back to power.
The phone will be a “two-way communication tool to inform and educate the poor about government schemes and policies,” the state government said today. The phone will run on latest software and will come loaded with the app on which users can also share feedback on the state government’s policies, an official said.
Anyone who is over 18 and lives in Uttar Pradesh can apply for a phone – online – provided their family income is less than 2 lakh rupees a year. The online registrations are likely to start in a month.
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