Smartphones will be distributed in Rajasthan from October under Chiranjeevi Yojana

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Rajasthan cabinet minister BD Kalla said on Thursday that Rajasthan will start distributing smartphones to women heads of 1.35 crore families covered under the "Chiranjeevi Yojana" in a phased manner from October. Kalla Jasthan was replying on behalf of the Information Minister to a supplementary question asked during the Question Hour in the Assembly.

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He said the assembly had on Tuesday approved a supplementary demand of Rs 2,300 crore for providing smartphones under the scheme. He said that earlier a provision of Rs 1,200 crore was made for this scheme. The minister said that the government has developed Jan Soochna, e-Mitra, e-Dharti, and Raj Sampark apps, which will be installed on these smartphones. Other apps are also being developed.

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Chiranjeevi Yojana is a universal health scheme in which the Rajasthan government also provides insurance up to Rs 10 lakh per family. Kalla said that the state government would bear all the costs of these smartphones for three years. Earlier, in a written reply to the original question raised by Rajendra Rathore, Kalla said that the women heads of 1.35 crore Chiranjeevi families would be given smartphones with internet connectivity for three years.

He said that an estimated Rs 12,000 crore tender was floated for this project over three years. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced the "Mukhyamantri Digital Seva Yojana" during this year's budget. Under this scheme, 1.35 crore women heads families who have registered under Chiranjeevi Yojana will be given smartphones.