The government has finalised a new scheme, ‘Har Hath Mein Mobile’, which aims to provide 6 million below poverty line (BPL) households with a mobile connection and free local talk time of 200 minutes.
The Prime Minister’s office (PMO is working with Planning Commission and Telecom Ministry on the project on the ‘Har Hath Mein Phone’ scheme.
The estimated cost of the scheme is 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.
Will the Har Hath Mein Phone scheme succeed in achieving its social goal of empowering the power and marginalised sections of the population?
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