The Punjab government is going to launch a unique initiative called Free Smartphone Scheme from December 2019. Under this free smartphone distribution scheme, all the students of class 11th and 12th will be given new handsets. The Punjab Cabinet Committee headed by CM Amarinder Singh approved this Free Smartphone Scheme on 19 September 2019, the Free Smartphone Scheme at Dera Baba Nanak Anaj Mandi.
This Free Smartphone Scheme 2019-20 is a major step towards giving students access to digital platforms. Government school students will get these touch screen mobile phones to explore various things on the Internet. The scheme aims to generate interest in students in various aspects of education.
Free Smartphone Scheme Punjab 2019-20
The Punjab government free smartphone distribution scheme was a pre-poll promise of the Congress party. The state government has earmarked separate funds for Muft Smartphone Yojana in the Punjab budget 2017-18 and the funds have also been allocated in 2018-19.
The Mobile Phones to Youth Scheme is a government initiative to provide youth access to multiple digital platforms. Accordingly, the state government will help the youth in getting information from websites, all students can get information to enable them to make career decisions. Increase access to education and career opportunities and basic civic services.
What kind of smartphones will be available under the scheme
- Touchscreen interface
- Social media apps
- The camera
- Internet connectivity
- Android OS ..ETC
Free Smartphone Scheme Beneficiary
According to the official press release, in the initial or first phase, mobile phones will be provided to the students of 11th and 12th grade who do not already have a phone. It is still a question of who is actually going to avail the mobile phone for the Mobile Phones to Youth Scheme in Punjab?
After the successful implementation of the first phase of the mobile phone youth scheme, the scheme will be extended to other students as well.