Union Government to launch Bharat Mobile Scheme

  • The Union government of India planned to launch Bharat Mobile Scheme under which one female member of every rural household who has completed 100 days of work under MGNREGA can get free mobile device. The new scheme is aimed at empowerment. The mobile may be provided per household preferably to a woman and the handset will come with a three-year warranty.
  • The mobile device for The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) workers will be non-transferable as it will also be customized for transfer of benefits of different government programs like direct cash transfers scheme.
  • The mobile numbers in the device is expected to work as first level authentication to identify and inform the beneficiary of scheme, sources said. Around 5 crore households have been provided work in year 2012-13.
  • The proposal for Bharat Mobile Scheme was mooted by Planning Commission of India.
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