Under the Central’s Sanchar Kranti Yojana, around 40 lakh women from below poverty line families in urban areas and 5 lakh college students will receive smartphones. This scheme amounts to an ambitious Rs 1467.90 crore. Around 3 lakh phones were already distributed by the Chhattisgarh government on July 26. This scheme was introduced with the motive to reduce the digital disparity of 29 percent, the lowest in the country, in this state.
The two kinds of Smartphones being distributed is produced by the Indian company Micromax and are named Micomax Bhagat 4 and Bharat 2+. Bhagat 4 is studded with modern features like 2 GB Ram, processor of 1.4 GHz, 16 GB storage, 5 megapixel front camera and 8 megapixel rear camera with five-inch screen. This will be distributed to the college students while the Bharat 2+ will be given to the women that features 1 GB RAM, 1.2 GHz processor, 8 GB storage, 2 Megapixel front camera and 5 Megapixel rear camera with a 4 inch screen.
A senior officer commented to Times of India on the phones that, “Using these smartphones, the beneficiaries will be able to access the internet, use social media and make digital payments. The current price of the Micromax Bharat 4 is Rs 5,999 and Micromax Bharat 2+ is Rs 4499. However, through the bid, Micromax is providing the smartphones at a discounted price of Rs 4142.88 and Rs 2509.92 respectively. This would allow CHIPS (Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society) to save a cumulative amount of Rs 991.99 crore.”
The phones will have dual sim options and any kind of sim cards from any company can be used thus making it non-dependent on Reliance Jio.