Digital Empowerment Foundation, an NGO based in Delhi has launched an initiative called Merabyte that collects ‘functional’ second-hand phones, tablets, pen drives, SD cards, laptops, cameras, and other gadgets as donations to distribute it to the “marginalized and underserved rural population of India”. Merabyte utilizes 161 Community Information Resource Centres (CIRCs) set up by the NGO to provide used gadgets for public use in rural areas across 21 states. People can rent out the donated devices at a low cost. DEF has set up 150 collection centres across 22 states in India for crowd-sourcing donated devices and gadgets. Donors can request for a home pick-up or courier the devices by signing up online. They can also drop it off in the collection centres. The NGO claims to have collected and distributed more than a 100 devices since the project’s launch last month, which is still at a pilot stage. Refurbishment centres and e-waste management: After 6 months of piloting, DEF plans to start refurbishing phones, laptops, and other gadgets and provide at CIRCs for usage. It plans to open 3 refurbishment centres across Chanderi (Madhya Pradesh), Guna (Bihar) and Ranchi (Jharkhand). In addition, DEF is planning to roll out an e-waste management mechanism within a year to recycle gadgets and devices that become unusable due to wear-and-tear. Why DEF is charging a usage fee A spokesperson from DEF told MediaNama that it charges a usage fee for donated devices: “If the refurbishment of 1,000 phones costs Rs 1 lakh, we will charge Rs 100 for refurbishment service per…
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