New Delhi: Apparently with an eye on 2014 general elections, the UPA government has finalised a new scheme to provide 6 million below poverty line (BPL) households with a mobile connection and free local talk time of 200 minutes.
The scheme ‘Har Hath Mein Phone’ is expected to be announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on August 15. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is working with Planning Commission and Telecom Ministry on the project, a newspaper reported.
Post-launch, the UPA government is planning to sell the scheme as an empowering tool initiated by them. The government is hoping that the scheme will help them to connect with the beneficiaries, which are a sizeable voting population and plays an important role in elections.
The cost of the scheme is estimated to be around Rs 7,000 crore. While half the funds is expected to be generated from the bidder who gets the right to provide the service, the remaining funds will be pumped in through telecom department`s universal service obligation (USO) funds.