The governments of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan are reportedly looking to distribute budget smartphones to around 10-15 million people.
While Karnataka is witnessing last-minute campaigning by various political parties ahead of May 12, three BJP-ruled states have started making plans to keep voters on the right side of the government, as they are likely to go to polls towards the end of this year.
The governments of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan are reportedly looking to distribute budget smartphones to around 10-15 million people. For this, the states are in talks with domestic smartphone makers and is planning to spend Rs 230 crore on the plan, reported The Economic Times.
The state governments have already contacted mobile phone makers Lava, Intex, Lyf and Micromax, and are in talks with them over the last couple of months about the deal.
Out of the reported quantity of 10-15 million phones to be given to people, Chhattisgarh alone is planning to distribute 5.5 million phones. The state will distribute these phones under its Chhattisgarh Communication Revolution Scheme over the current fiscal and the next, said the report. There have been talks that the state has already floated a tender for this, it said quoting chairman of Lava International Hari Om Rai.
Co-founder of Micromax Informatics Rajesh Agarwal also said talks were ongoing regarding the scheme. Talking to the publication, he said some state governments are planning to bring out proposals as they have some requirements of smartphones.In Karnataka, which is going to vote this Saturday, BJP and Congress have promised distribution of smartphones. While the saffron party has announced to give free smartphones for women falling in families below poverty line if it comes to power, Congress is set to give it to students between the age of 18 and 23 years, in case it retains the government.
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