This can be truly termed as the Christmas gift for the youth of Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will kick start with the campaign for distribution of free smartphones and tablets on December 25. In the first phase, One lakh smartphones and tablets will be given to final year students of various colleges at Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Bajpayi Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.
According to the announcement made by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, free smartphones and tablets will be given to 1 crore youth in order to make them tech savvy. In the first phase on December 25, CM Yogi will distribute 60,000 smartphones and 40,000 tablets to the youths.
Final year students of MA, BA, BSc, ITI, MBBS, MD, BTech, MTech, PhD MSME and Skill Development among others, will be given preference. According to Special Secretary, IT and Electronics Department, Kumar Vineet, “More than 38 lakh youth have been registered on Digi Shakti Portal. Registration of others is still going on.”
Orders have been issued by the government to well-known companies like Lava, Samsung and Acer for the supply of smartphones and tablets. The companies will provide it all before December 24. In order to make the procurement process transparent and fair, the largest order has been issued on the GeM portal so far.
In the first phase, an order of about Rs 2035 crore has been issued for the purchase of smartphones and tablets. In this, orders have been placed for 10.50 lakh smartphones at the rate of Rs 10,740 per smartphone and for 7.20 lakh tablets at the rate of Rs 12,606. A total of about 18 lakh smartphones and tablets are going to be supplied by the companies soon.