Congress party during Punjab elections announced big promises to peoples of Punjab. Among that promises, one was to distribute free smartphones to the youth of Punjab under ‘Captain Smart Connect Scheme’. Finally, results were declared on Punjab government & Congress party won the elections with a huge margin.
Now Punjab government is planning to fulfill this promise by distributing free jio phones among the youth of Punjab. Probably distribution will be started from this Diwali. Firstly it may start in Patiala, the home town of Captain Amarinder Singh.
What is Punjab Government’s Captain Smart Connect Scheme?
Punjab Government’s Captain Smart Connect scheme is a program to provide free smartphones to the eligible youth of Punjab.
- Must be resident of Punjab
- Age group must be of 18-35 years
- Minimum Qualification must be class 10th
- Household income must be less than ₹ 6lac per year
Primary: 16 MP
Secondary: 5 MP
Internal: 16 GB, 3 GB RAM
Card Slot: micro SD, up to 64 GB
4G, 3G, 2G
Dual SIM (Micro & Nano slot)
Screen Size: 5 inches
Resolution: 720*1280 pixels
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass
OS: Android OS, V6
CPU: Quad Core
Removable Li-ion 3500 mAh
Free Calls for one year
Free Mobile data for one year
The youth who registered under this scheme is eagerly waiting for the distribution of the phones & opposition is continuously raising questions about the distribution but now Punjab government is planning to make a full stop on this wait.
₹ 10 crores for Captain Smart Connect Scheme in Punjab government Budget
During Punjab government budget session finance minister of Punjab Manpreet Badal declared fund of ₹ 10 crores for captain smart connect scheme. No doubt it is too less to distribute 30 million phones in ₹ 10 crores but Badal said this fund is annual & if needed it will be increased.
Punjab Government’s Meeting with Reliance Jio
After becoming CM, Captain Amarinder Singh on behalf of Punjab Government held meetings with various corporates to set up industry in Punjab. Under these meetings, he also met Mukesh Ambani, CEO of reliance jio. According to sources, the deal is almost final between reliance jio & Punjab government but still, Punjab government will ask for tenders so that process can be made transparent.
Reliance Jio’s India ka Smartphone Scheme
Recently reliance jio has also announced free phones for their users under the slogan ‘India Ka Smartphone’. In this offer, the user has to pay ₹ 1500 in starting to avail this scheme & get the 4G phone but this money will be refunded after 3 years & according to experts Punjab government to fulfill its promise is planning to distribute reliance jio’s India ka Smartphone among the youth of Punjab.
There is a huge difference between specifications of reliance jio’s India ka smartphone & specifications of phone announced under captain smart connect scheme. But as we all know ‘something is better than nothing’ so hope is that Punjab youth will accept the phone whether it is with the same specification or below the specifications promised before.