Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said in the review meeting of Chhattisgarh Sanchar Kranti Yojana (SKY) that regular final year students of college will be included the first phase of this scheme and they will also be provided free smartphones. Dr Singh directed the officials to celebrate ‘mobile-tihaar’ in the entire Chhattisgarh in mid-July 2018.
Officials informed in the meeting that earlier the final year students of the current session were not being given the benefits of the scheme, as these students may become beneficiaries of the scheme in the next session as they join post-graduation college, after graduation. But Chief Minister DR Raman Singh has directed to distribute smartphones to all the regular students of colleges. Besides, the students of ITI/Diploma will also be included in the first phase of SKY scheme and household smartphones will be distributed to them. With this decision, the total number of student beneficiary students will reach nearly 5 lakh. Fresher students will be provided smartphone after March 2019, whereas other students will receive smartphones before September 2018.
It was informed in the meeting that State Government is also distributing mobile phones to women head of the urban BPL and rural families (included in Social Economic Caste-based Census 2011). It was also informed in the meeting that Government of India conducts Socio-Economic Caste-based Census and BPL Survey work in every 10 years. Mobiles will be distributed on the basis of same BPL list used by Panchayat and Rural Development Department and Urban Administration Department for implementation of all the schemes including SKY scheme.
Chief Minister said- the smartphone being distributed by the government will be the phone for entire family. Government’s priority is to distribute smartphones to women head of the families of age group 18-60 years. Besides, in case women head of 18-60 years age is not available, the any other women member of the family of age above 60 years will be provided smartphone. In case there are no women in the family, man of age group 18-60 years will be considered as beneficiary for this scheme.
The smartphones distributed under SKY will act as medium connecting beneficiaries directly to government. This phone will have many government apps along with ‘Goth’ mobile app, using which common people will get information about government schemes and news related to Chief Minister. Women, farmers, children and youth will get information about various subjects including agriculture, skill development, employment etc. Besides, this app will also play various programmes based on Chhattisgarhi folk culture, bhajan and other family programmes.
Facility of training helpline (155309) with call agents in sufficient numbers has been started for SKY scheme, at call centre of Jansamvad Scheme run by CHiPS. This helpline number will be promoted through the printed application forms to be distributed to the beneficiaries of the scheme. CEO of CHiPS Mr. Alex Paul Menon informed about time-duration of various progreammes and proposed outline of promotional programmes, saying that as per the decisions taken Agreement Signing Programme will be held in the last week of May 2018, Sanchar-Tihaar programme inauguration between June 10-15 June 2018, and Mobile-Tihaar will be started between 10-15 July, 2018.
Mr. Menon said that SKY is an important scheme of government, which will provide an opportunity to establish good-governance in the state. Under this scheme, beneficiaries will be provided pre-loaded sim with smart-phone. From the day of sim activation, beneficiary will get 1GB data and 100 minutes of call facility for free for next six months. In addition, beneficiary will also get the facility of SKY app store, which consists of many apps including e-governance, agriculture, women and child development, emergency services, skill development, education, financial inclusion etc.
Officials informed that SKY will have major positive impact on a large scale. Distribution of smartphones will benefit not only the beneficiary but the entire family. Mr. Menon said that government departments will use this smartphone to contact citizens and the data collected will be used in finalizing policies and in governance. M-governance app will be used for providing government services and improving the same. This will empower citizens of the state, provide easy access to useful information, which will eventually lead to socio-economic development of the state.>