On­line reg­is­tra­tion for free Sa­ma­jwadi smart­phones by month-end

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTAR PRADESH - Pawan Dixit HT Cor­re­spon­dent

LUC­KNOW: The state govern­ment would open on­line reg­is­tra­tion for free Sa­ma­jwadi smart­phone scheme an­nounced by chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav by the month-end, ac­cord­ing to sources.

The ben­e­fi­cia­ries would be given free smart­phones in the lat­ter half of 2017 only if the rul­ing Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) gets to form the govern­ment again. The scheme has also drawn the at­ten­tion of cell­phone com­pa­nies which have started show­ing up with a pro­posal to set up man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Ut­tar Pradesh.

“We had made a sim­i­lar prom­ise for free lap­tops in our poll man­i­festo. We have al­ready dis­trib­uted 18 lakhs lap­tops. The tar­get for smart­phones is five times more,” said an of­fi­cial re­quest­ing anonymity. He said the reg­is­tra­tion process would be opened in phases and ar­range­ments were be­ing made for a for­mal launch.

Of­fers for set­ting up man­u­fac­tur­ing clus­ters for mo­bile hand­sets are also pour­ing in. Mo­bile com­pany Oppo’s global vi­cepres­i­dent and CEO of Mi­cro­max Group Ra­jesh Agar­wal have al­ready ap­proached chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav with a pro­posal to set up a mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ing unit at Greater Noida or Ya­muna Ex­press­way elec­tronic man­u­fac­tur­ing clus­ter.

The com­pa­nies in­tend to touch a ca­pac­ity of man­u­fac­tur­ing five crore mo­bile phones in next three years with an es­ti­mated in­vest­ment of Rs 1000 crore on its own and Rs 1000 crore would be in­vested by its part­ner com­pa­nies, tak­ing the to­tal in­vest­ment to Rs. 2000 crore. They have sought 150-acre of land for the project that would cre­ate di­rect and in­di­rect jobs for 60,000 peo­ple.

The CM re­quested the del­e­ga­tion to iden­tify land for the pro­posed project and to start work on the project at the ear­li­est. Other than this, the chief min­is­ter also handed over the land al­lot­ment let­ter for 16.88 acre land for es­tab­lish­ing a fac­tory in the elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ing clus­ter at greater Noida.

This fac­tory would pro­duce 60 lakh mo­bile phones ev­ery year. It may be pointed out here that un­der this pol­icy, in­vestors are given a 25% re­bate on land costs and many other fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits.

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