Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan has decided to distribute mobile phones to women who fall under the Below Poverty Line (BPL). The distribution of free phones is in accordance with the Bhamashah Yojana, a kind of direct benefit transfer scheme. The objective of the scheme is to transfer financial as well as non-financial benefits of government schemes directly to women in a transparent manner.
Giving a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship ‘Digital India’ campaign, the Rajasthan government will also provide free Wifi facilities to 5,000 gram panchayats. The programme, which began on September 1, will conclude on September 30.
Ahead of the upcoming Assembly Elections, the state government is also attempting to launch new applications for the benefit of the poor. Notably, this is not the first initiative taken by the Raje-led Rajasthan government to make people technologically advanced.
Last month, the Rajasthan CM had launched online payment application – the Bhamashah Wallet, said to be an instant payment digital wallet solution for the state. Raje has, in the past, also launched high-tech Abhay Command Centres at Sriganganagar, Dausa, Bhilwara, Baker, Karauli and Dholpur.