Ahead of assembly polls, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched ‘Bhamashah Digital Family Scheme’ under which she promised free smartphones worth ₹500, along with a net recharge of ₹500 will be given to the families that come under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the state.
Launching the scheme on Tuesday in Jaipur, CM announced that around one crore poor families in Rajasthan will get a Rs 1,000-aid from the state government to buy smartphones using which they can remain informed of welfare schemes and avail benefits as per their eligibility.
Raje informed that the subsidy of Rs 1,000 will be given to card holders in two installments. The government will give a first instalment of Rs 500, using which card holders will be able to buy a smartphone. Those who buy the smartphone will get the second Rs 500 installment using which they will have to get the internet connection.
The chief minister, during her 25-minute speech, claimed that her government had generated employment for 16 lakh people in the last five years. She also announced Rs 2 lakh interest-free loans for barbers, cobbler, carpenter, plumber for skill development. The interest on the loan will be paid by the government.