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SP Criticizes “Labharthi” Politics as UP Govt Distributes 25 Lakh Smartphones to Deserving Students

<p>Under the Swami Vivekananda Youth Empowerment Scheme, the Uttar Pradesh government would give out over 25 lakh free smartphones to deserving students in the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.</p>
<p>According to government representatives, the program’s first phase, for which Rs 372 crore has already been approved, would begin rolling out in October. 3.75 lakh Samsung phones will be part of the first batch, with the remaining Lava phones.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-209453″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-manika-batra-enters-the-pre-quarterfinals-of-the-asian-games-but-the-mixed-pair-lo.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com manika batra enters the pre quarterfinals of the asian games but the mixed pair lo” width=”1214″ height=”680″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-manika-batra-enters-the-pre-quarterfinals-of-the-asian-games-but-the-mixed-pair-lo.jpg 300w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-manika-batra-enters-the-pre-quarterfinals-of-the-asian-games-but-the-mixed-pair-lo-150×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1214px) 100vw, 1214px” title=”SP Criticizes "Labharthi" Politics as UP Govt Distributes 25 Lakh Smartphones to Deserving Students 3″></p>
<p>“In the current financial year, a budget of Rs 3,600 crore has been approved for the scheme, which not only includes smartphone distribution but also denotes that the state will bear the cost of the enrolled students’ diploma, postgraduate degree, and graduation,” an official said.</p>
<p>The official went on to say that pupils would learn more by using the smartphones that are being supplied. “Under Infosys’ CSR effort, a unique platform called ‘Springboard’ has been made available for these mobile phones, giving students free access to more than 3,500 courses and programs. Each smartphone would cost Rs 9,972, he said.</p>
<p>The Samajwadi Party (SP), however, derided the action as “politics of freebies” and opposed it. The party said that there were a number of youth-focused concerns that needed to be addressed.</p>
<p>“It is simply another ploy to court youngsters and deflect their focus from other concerns ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. However, I don’t think this free-for-all politics will have much of an impact since there are serious problems like privatization and unemployment that need to be addressed. Young people desire employment more than cellphones. Therefore, I think that the distribution of smartphones would be insufficient to entice the young, as seen by the recent Ghosi by-elections, remarked senior SP politician Udaiveer Singh.</p>
<p>Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of SP, has accused BJP of manipulating social programs to secure its voter base.</p>
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