Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced distribution of free Samajwadi Smartphone scheme in the in poll-bound state. UP will go to Assembly election in less than six months.
The government will officially start distributing smartphones from next year only after a new government is elected. However, it rejected allegations that the scheme is aimed at wooing voters ahead of the crucial elections.
Akhilesh got a shot in the arm on Sunday, when the Allahabad High Court ruled in favour of the ruling government and dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the new scheme.
“Since the petitioner has failed to place any such provision which bars making such declarations, no interference of this court is warranted,” said the court, while dismissing the PIL.
The court, is of the view that petitioner should approach the Election Commission of India or the Chief Electoral Officer of the state for the solution.
Meanwhile, the HC appreciated the petitioner’s “enthusiasm for a free and fair election” and urged him “to suggest preventive measures to the Election Commission of India or the Chief Electoral Officer of the state to be adopted for conducting the election fairly”.
The government already launched the online registration for the scheme from October 10, 2016, it will continue until the deadline, November 10, 2016.
The government is planning to distribute free smartphone to all who are 10th pass, aged 18 or above and having an annual household income less than Rs 6 lakh.
It will be given to people, once the government is elected back to power next year , after the assembly election, added sources.
Earlier, the SP government also announced a ‘Free Laptop Yojna’ scheme in the state for outstanding students.
It is aimed at “benefit of all sections of the society”.