The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has discovered the ideal way to bring its ambitious financial inclusion plan and even more ambitious Digital India programme together—a scheme conceived by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in its final years, and which remained on paper, promising free mobile phones for rural households.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA has dusted off the Rs.5,000 crore plan that involves giving a mobile phone to around 25 million households (which means it will cover around 100-125 million people).
This is the second scheme of the previous government that the NDA is adopting, after Aadhaar, the unique identity number that forms the basis of the Jan Dhan Yojana, the new government’s financial inclusion programme that seeks to open 75 million bank accounts.
Analysts say it is rare for a new government to not want to reinvent the wheel.
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