Akhilesh Yadav. Pic/Twitter
Samajwadi Smartphone Yojana was rolled out in Uttar Pradesh by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who launched the web portal for registration under for Samajwadi Smart Phone and other related initiatives under the plan.
The Samajwadi Smartphone Scheme proposes to distribute free smartphones among people who are at least 18 years old on January 1, 2017, with an annual income of maximum Rs 6 lakh, and have passed Class X.
The Chief Minister formally launched the registration process for the scheme on October 10 and the distribution of phones will begin next year after a new government takes over.
Here's how the Twitterverse reacted.
#SamajwadiSmartPhone— Arun Gokul (@arungokulvs) October 10, 2016
Samajwadi Smart Phone Yojana will help you to find your Buffaloes without Police.
Thank You Akhilesh Saab.
Akhileshji— . (@ShiriishKunder) October 10, 2016
I beg you for #SamajwadiSmartPhone under your fantastic Samajwadi Smart Phone Yojana
Using it, I promise to tweet against Modi
#SamajwadiSmartPhone is such a knee-jerk reaction from the Akhilesh govt to imminent loss in 2017 elections.— Monica (@TrulyMonica) October 10, 2016
#SamajwadiSmartPhone dena hai toh iPhone 7 do— Bakwas(I) (@whyogace) October 10, 2016
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#SamajwadiSmartPhone Smartphone To hai Yaar Jio ka SIM dilaado koi hume— Kalua Gorua (@SRKwarrior786) October 10, 2016
On October 7, the Allahabad High Court has dismissed a PIL challenging the Samajwadi Smartphone Scheme proposed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The Lucknow bench of the high court said, "Since the petitioner has failed to place any such provision which bars making such declarations…, no interference of this court is warranted."