Odisha Free Smartphone Yojana 2020

Staying connected, especially in trying times like these, has gotten increasingly important. With increasing cases all over the nation, and loved ones separated due to lockdown mandates and obstruction in interstate movement, reaching out to loved ones through cell phones has turned out to be the only mode at the moment. However, with job losses being rampant and people having to dig in on savings, getting a mobile device is the least of people’s concerns.

Understanding the plight of those stuck in dire situations, the government of Odisha launched the Odisha Free Smartphone yojana – a scheme aimed to deliver free smartphones to those who are counted eligible as per the criteria mentioned.

Need for the scheme

The Free Smartphone scheme comes as a need of the hour as people all over the Odisha not only wish to stay connected to their loved ones spread across the nation during these trying times, but there are also students who would have to carry out academics through devices and have not had access to them all this while – thereby leading to loss at an academic level.

Salient features of the Free Smartphone Yojana 2020

Earlier versions of the same scheme were launched where only the male farmers were entitled to availing a free cell phone. With changing times, the Odisha government has grown cognizant of the needs of female farmers as well, and has therefore extended the benefits of the scheme to female farmers as well. Female farmers, with the help of these new smart devices, are now able to get connected to 4G connectivity and stay abreast with latest updates on farming.

Other salient features include:

  1. Women empowerment can now be achieved on a broader scale across Odisha. The scheme’s main aim was to enable women farmers so as to receive tips from the agricultural department.
  2. Women farmers get to utilize these smartphones to ensure better crop productivity and higher produce depending on the nature of soil and its fertility
  3. All weather related information is now available on smartphones, and farmers can now make use of this information with utmost ease
  4. The scheme also aimed to increase the number of women farmers in the state as the number of female farmers, due to lack of opportunities and help, were diminishing.

Free smartphone Yojana application

In order to avail the benefits of the scheme, the farmers had to make online registration to get an android based phone. These phones provide information regarding crop loans schemes as well, so that in the face of adversity, farmers can now reach out to the right help, instead of surmounting massive loans through exploitative money-lenders, landlords, etc.

Though the online form for the scheme has not been made active yet, if you are a farmer in Odisha, you can reach out to your nearest CSC kendra and apply for the scheme offline.

You would be asked to procure basic identification and photo ID proofs, after which you would be considered eligible for the benefits of the scheme.

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.