CG Free Smartphone Scheme 2021 | Sanchar Kranti Yojana (SKY) PDF

The world growing to be more digital would hold no meaning if people had no access to digitisation. After all, analogically, it would make no sense for electricity to be provided in an area where there is no appliance to receive it. In order to make digitisation and its benefits accessible to everyone, the government of Chhattisgarh has launched the Chhattisgarh Sanchar Kranti Yojana to distribute free smartphone.

Chhattisgarh Sanchar Kranti Yojana (SKY)- a major initiative undertaken by the Chhattisgarh government to improve the penetration of mobile devices and the consequent smartphone technology with high-speed internet in the state.

About the Chhattisgarh Smartphone Scheme 2021

In order to provide better connectivity to people in the State of Chhattisgarh, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to distribute a mobile phone to each rural household through PDS and enable them to enter the mainstream, where accessibility and affordability go hand in hand. The revenue potential due to the distribution of the devices ensures that the telecom service providers augment the network at their own costs.

The Sanchar Kranti Yojana – launched by President Ram Nath Kovind – will start the distribution of free smartphones to roughly around 50.15 lakh people in Phase one while additional 5.89 lakh beneficiaries would be covered by the phase 2 implementation of the scheme.

The implementation of the scheme will benefit 46.14 lakh rural households and urban poor households and 4.01 lakh college students while the second phase of the scheme will include an additional 5.89 lakh beneficiaries.

Objective of the Chhattisgarh Free Smartphone scheme

The main objectives of implementing the free smartphone scheme are as follows:

  • Bring several unconnected areas of the state under mobile connectivity.
  • Augment economic activity in the state through the use of smartphones.
  • Gender empowerment by enabling women to reach out to safety and security by having mobile connectivity, and therefore, active GPS tracking options to concerned family members.
  • Bridging the digital divide in the state by connecting all and providing a digital identity to all.
  • Implementing large scare direct benefit transfer to all the beneficiaries of government schemes through the Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and other government implemented schemes.
  • Offering smartphones enables rural populace financial inclusion through digital payments and access.
  • Rural people, with a smart device, can benefit from the services offered by the Common Service Centers (CSCs)
  • There will be an increase in the financial and social inclusion of the poor and banks will be able to offer banking services anytime, anywhere through smartphones.
  • The poor will be able to use smartphones as a tool for participative governance and offer access to government and private services.

Summing it up

Through the implementation of the scheme, the rural poor in Chhattisgarh will now have a chance to alleviate their situation and finally break through the cycle of poverty. Smartphones enable the user to connect to the internet. This enables a global connection and opens up unlimited avenues and opportunities. With the Sanchar Kranti Yojana in effect, thousands of people in the state will now be able to benefit from schemes and finally break the shackles of poverty; earning themselves a dignified life.

Similar Yojanas

Schemes launched by the state government

The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.