55 lakh people to get free smart phones: CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2017 10:59:22


The Hitavada State Bureau,


Addressing the august gathering during Bonus Tihar at village Dohna in Balrampur-Ramanujganj district, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said under the Sanchar Kranti Yojana (SKY), smart phones will be distributed free to 55 lakh people in the state. He said camps will be organised at the village panchayat level for its distribution.

The Chief Minister said the smart phones will carry information regarding all state government schemes pre-loaded into it while adding that the application will also have formats for applying to avail the benefits of these state schemes. Any beneficiary can download these formats and apply for any scheme. The Chief Minister said poor families, tendu-patta collectors, workers, youths, etc residing in far flung areas like Balrampur, will be benefited from the SKY scheme.

The Chief Minister said approximately 2000 mobile towers are being installed in the whole state to enhance mobile connectivity. He also urged the Sarpanchs, Panchs and other local public representatives to carry out active initiative towards so that more and more people get benefited from this scheme.

On the occasion the Chief Minister distributed Rs 23.85 crore as tendupatta bonus to 1.20 lakh tendu-patta collectors in Balrampur-Ramanujganj and Surguja districts. The Chief Minister also dedicated and laid foundation stone for 38 various development works worth Rs 151.28 crore. He also announced to name the newly constructed ITI college at Shankargarh in the name of former Lok Sabha Member Larang Sai and on people’s demand announced establishment of Kasturba Residential School at Shankargarh. The programme was attended by Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra, Forest Minister Mahesh Gagda, Sports Minister Bhaiyyalal Rajwade, MP Kamalbhan Singh.

The Chief Minister while addressing the august gathering said during 2003, the labour charges for collecting one standard sack of tendu-patta was only Rs 450, which was gradually increased during these 14 years and today it is Rs 2500 per standard sack applicable from the new season. He said for the benefit of tendu-patta collectors, several schemes are being run by the state government and in this direction free sandals have been distributed to tendu-patta collectors while saris have been distributed to female members of these families.

The Chief Minister said apart from extending benefit of group insurance to the these collectors, the state government has floated scholarship schemes and fees for their wards so that they can carry out higher education like engineering, medical, nursing, etc. Under the Prime Minister Ujjawala scheme 55,000 families have been given free LPG connection in Balrampur district alone. Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, 16,500 houses have been sanctioned for the poor. The Chief Minister said the Balrampur-Ramanujganj district has gradually taking shape of a full-fledged district and very soon it will be among the developed districts of the state.