Bharat Mobile Scheme to provide free mobile phones to 2.5 crores Indian
Bharat mobile scheme an Indian Government phone project which will provide free mobile phones with internet connection to 2.5 crores rural and poor people is supposed to start soon. According to a Hindu Business Line report, the government would charge a one-time fee of Rs 300 per handset per household. In lieu of this amount, a user would be given 30 minutes of talktime, 30 SMS and 30MB of data usage per month free for two years. Along with this, users will also get information regarding agriculture, healthcare, education and financial services through specialized SMS services.
This service will be provided basically to the woman of the family and in case of absence the man will be considered. One more criteria to be the beneficiary of this project is that one of your family member should be working under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment guarantee (MGNREGA).
It is a good initiative from Indian government to connect to the people in rural area. Providing internet connection with the phone will provide users different information without going anywhere. The services like information regarding agriculture, healthcare, education etc will boost them for brighter future. Government has made contract with BSNL for providing service and is paying 5000 crores INR for that. There is still no information regarding the mobile manufacturer. So this is a step towards developed India.