In 2015, the Government of India launched the Digital India initiative. Now to boost the initiative, the Gujarat government has announced that it will provide financial assistance of up to Rs 1,500 to farmers in the state to buy a smartphone. The financial assistance program was announced through a notification from the state’s agriculture department, stating that the government seeks to bridge the digital divide that farmers are facing through increasing access to agricultural technology through this project.
Note that this scheme is valid only for the cost of the smartphone and will not cover any other accessories including power bank, earphones, charger and much more.
With the help of this scheme, the government wants to encourage farmers to buy and use smartphones for multiple things like increasing their farm income or availing agro-technology services. It said the smartphone would help farmers get information on weather forecasts, information on potential pests, advanced farm techniques, use of technological equipment, expert opinions at the personal level and much more.
The smartphones will allow farmers to apply for various agricultural projects of the state government as well as the center.
Who is eligible for this scheme?
According to an official resolution issued by the state’s Department of Agriculture, Farmer Welfare and Co-operation, any resident of Gujarat who owns their own land can apply for assistance up to 10 per cent of the total value of a smartphone worth Rs 1,500.
The scheme is valid for all landowner farmers, however, only one beneficiary per group holder is eligible for the benefit.
How to apply?
Zamindar farmers in Gujarat can apply for assistance through the i-khedut portal. Once the application is approved, farmers will need to submit a copy of the smartphone purchase bill, mobile IMEI number, a cancellation check and other necessary documents.
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