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Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday launched ‘Bhamashah Digital Family Scheme’ in Jaipur. She announced that under this scheme, free smartphones worth ₹500, along with a net recharge of ₹500 will be given to the families that come under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the state, reported The Indian Express.

The scheme will be beneficial for the families under the NFSA. They will be furnished with Bhamashah Card, which will be issued to the woman head of the family.

Chief Minister Raje said at Jaipur, “We will give you ₹500 as a first installment and then if you buy a phone another ₹500 to connect with the Internet will be given. If you don’t buy a phone you won’t get the second instalment.”

“By going online we will be able to see whether all our beneficiaries have bought phones… They will be able to see and access government schemes at the click of a button,” she added.

CM Raje asserted that via Bhamashah Digital Family Scheme, the NFSA beneficiaries will have easier access to government services, which are all available online. The scheme aims at providing financial and non-financial benefits of government schemes in an explicit manner.

The Indian Express reported that a total of 1.64 crore families are registered under the Bhamashah scheme. Out of these, 1.03 crore families enrolled under the NFSA will receive benefits.

The families covered under this scheme will receive ₹1,000 in their account in two installments. First, they will receive ₹500 to buy smartphones at special camps, the second installment will be credited once they get an internet connection and download certain apps.

Dr Om Prakash Bairwa, Director and Joint Secretary, Department of Planning was quoted by The Indian Express as saying, “If someone (covered in the scheme) already has a smartphone, then all they need to do is download the apps, such as the Bhamashah app, and they will still receive the money. The aim is to enable them to get used to using the applications.”

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