India to trigger economic boom by giving mobiles to the poor

Posted in: Digital Divide at 11/08/2012 14:57

The Indian government is considering plans to give millions of mobile phones to its poorest families to help lift them from penury.

Officials believe the scheme, called *Har Hath Mein Mobile*, or A Mobile in Every Hand, could revolutionise government services to the poor by offering more than 200 million people without phone connections access to banking services and information sites which could help boost their incomes. They also believe it could help protect their state benefits from corrupt civil servants.

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