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Gujarat govt starts distributing smartphone subsidy to farmers

Under the Gujarat government's scheme, 40 per cent of the cost of the smartphones or up to a maximum of Rs 6,000 will be borne by the state government for the purchase of smartphones that cost up to Rs 15,000.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
February 23, 2022 7:21:34 pm
Gujarat CM Bhupendra PatelIn the budget presented for 2022-23, Gujarat government not only talked about Central schemes like PM Gati Shakti Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, Nal se Jal Yojana, but it also spoke about setting up a textile park in Navsari district under the PM MITRA scheme. (Twitter/@Bhupendrapbjp)

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Wednesday started distributing financial assistance to farmers for buying smartphones.

“We are trying to ensure that farmers in the state do not miss out on the digital revolution launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi… This scheme is to ensure that farmers are not left behind due to the price of the smartphones,” said Patel distributing Rs 1.84 lakh to 33 farmers in Gandhinagar on Wednesday.

“A total of 40,016 applications have been received by the agriculture department from farmers for smartphones. The budget allocation for providing smartphones to farmers is Rs 15 crore. Under this scheme, 40 per cent of the cost of the smartphones or up to a maximum of Rs 6,000 will be borne by the state government for the purchase of smartphones that cost up to Rs 15,000 per unit,” said Raghavji Patel, minister for agriculture and farmer welfare, while addressing the virtual event that was being viewed from 70 different locations in Gujarat.

“These smartphones will help farmers access information regarding agriculture and relevant weather forecasts at their fingertips. They can use this knowledge in their farming,” he said, adding that 25,000 farmers will benefit from this scheme.

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Earlier this month, The Indian Express had reported that of the 17,843 inhabited villages in Gujarat, 512 do not have any telecommunication connectivity. The lack of connectivity is as high as 10-30 per cent in Dangs, Narmada and Kutch districts.

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