Even as a large number of youths in Punjab has shown a keen interest in PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh’s ‘Captain Smart Connect Scheme’, but the women are yet to show the same kind of interest as their male counterparts. Till November 25, around 11.50 lakh youth have got themselves registered with it, out of which only 16 per cent (around 1,89,000) women.
As per the scheme, Captain has pledged to disburse 50 lakh smartphones with free data and calling facility to the youth between the age group of 18 to 35 years if Congress is voted to power. To avail the freebies, the youth are required to register online on http://www.CaptainSmartConnect.com. The scheme, which was launched on November 20 is open till November 30.
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Senior Congress leader Vijay Inder Singla said that this scheme will expect to attract a large number of youths and Captain Amarinder’s team of volunteers has also been going around in various districts to educate the people about the scheme and help them get registered.
“Once the Congress comes to power, it will give away 50 lakh smartphones to the youth, with one year free data and calling. The party will make allocation in the state budget to meet the cost of the scheme,” he said, adding that internet will help the youth to get employment and stay connected to the world.
According to the Congress, the scheme is aimed to connect the youth digitally with the world and empower them by providing a smartphone with internet facility. Only Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Nawanshahr districts have received over 20 per cent registeration from women while in the remaining districts the percentage is less than 20 per cent.
In Punjab, there around 91 lakh youth between the age group of 18 to 35 out which around 72-75 lakh have got themselves registered as voters in large numbers.
Overall, in terms of registration, Ludhiana tops the chart with around 2 lakh youth joining the scheme while Nawanshahr is at the bottom with only18,400 youth. Those registering on the website are being provided receipts with unique codes, which will entitle them to receive the 4G-enabled smartphone.
To ensure that the registration is smooth, Congress leaders have set up special desks in their respective areas to help the youth get registered in the scheme. The party has also roped in student and youth wings – NSUI and IYC, as well as IPAC team members, to help in the registration process.
The scheme is applicable only for those who are residents of Punjab. Apart from the age factor,they should be Class 10 pass with annual household income less than Rs 6 lakh.