If people can’t have bread, let them eat phones….

Indian government has decided to give free mobile phones to all people below poverty line (BPL). It will also have 200 mons of talktime pre-loaded on the phone.

Couple of reactions:

  • This is being seen as a warm up to 2014 elections by most critics.
  • TGS Blog, the fervent critic of current Indian govt. policies is of course not amused.
  • ET edit says at one hand govt. increases the mobile tariffs through its new spectrum licences, on other doles out free mobile

As a lot has been discussed, not much to say. Just reminds me of the French Queen who on receiving complaints that people  do not have food to eat, said “let them eat cake”. The current government chooses to replace cake with phones….

I just hope this is a rumor….Not really sure what is going on with the current government…

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