In a bid to lure young blood, Punjab Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh today said the party will give 50 lakh smart phones with one year of free data and calling to the youth in the state, to empower them and connect them digitally, once it comes to power.
Singh made this announcement while launching the scheme – ‘Captain Smart Connect’ – in presence of thousands of youths from across the state here. He promised the youth that those who registered themselves for the smart phones would get them within 100 days of the formation of the Congress government in the state.
The scheme promises an overall distribution of 50 lakh smartphones over a period of five years. Within minutes of the launch of the scheme, for which Singh had invited the youth via Twitter, several thousand registered on captainsmartconnect.com – a website set up exclusively for the purpose. The last date for registering on the website – the only platform for registration under the scheme – is November 30, 2016. Amarinder’s Facebook profile, which went live with the event, recorded 1,200 likes and 8,200 views in the first one hour of the launch, a party release said.
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president said the scheme will cost about Rs 300-400 crore a year after the initial investment in the first year. Allocation will be made in the state budget itself to fund the scheme, as part of the youth welfare programme of his government, once he takes over the reigns of the state, he added. Explaining the rationale behind the scheme, Amarinder said even though one-third of Punjab’s population comprised of youth in the 18-35 age group, this section remained backward.
The scheme is applicable to youths who are residents of Punjab and are in the age group of 18-35 years. He/she should be 10th pass, with annual household income less than Rs 6 lakh, to be eligible for registration. Youths registering on the website will receive receipts with unique codes, which will entitle them to receive the 4G enabled smartphone of set specifications, the best in the market at the time of disbursement. What are your views behind this yet another attracting initiative? Do let us know your perspectives in the comment section below!