This Govt plans to give away a mobile phone free with 200 minutes free talk time to those families who are below poverty line. This scheme is expected to cost the Ex-chequer a whooping sum of Rs 7000 Crores+.
This proposal, reportedly, has been drafted by the Planning Commission. It is the same Planning Commission which had submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court identifying poor in India as those earning less than Rs 28/day. With that kind of divine income, where will the next recharge,after 200 minutes,come from?(unless, the scheme gets implemented just before next elections)
Some are terming this scheme as a political master stroke before general elections. Govt will have access to details of over 70 million voters/households.
If BPL families are the real concern of the Govt, with an amount of Rs 7000 crores, a lot can be done in terms of healthcare facilities, schools, housing etc. Had these facilities been thought of for the last 65 yrs,each present BPL family would have been prosperous enough to own their own Mobile sets and educated enough so as to not vote for a free Mobile connection.
It is time; Govt gave serious thought to various schemes and waivers to the poor.
One case in point is the loan waiver to the farmers. Who did actually benefit? Farmers are still committing suicide; they are still unable to get the private lenders off their backs.
Someone must look at this picture above and ask this poor lady;
What does she need...drinking water or a mobile set? Answer is written on her helpless face.
Yes, her vote is in her hand which might hold a free Mobile connection soon.
DESH UBAL RAHA HAI.
PAPPU JAAG GAYA HAI.
Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW.