One of the ambitious projects kicked off by Indian government has faced another setback. Indian government has been on making a tablet that will cost just Rs. 1600 (35$) under the name 'Sakshat'. The tenders were floated and was handed over to HCL way back in June 2010. In a surprise move, HCL has withdrawn the trender and is giving up on the project.
HCL was supposed to raise a security deposit of $60 crores to fetch the tender. The tender stands cancelled now. The tender is up for grabs for any interested parties. According to the sources close the project, a mail was circulated inside the ministry of HRD. The mail reads "the vendor shortlisted for the delivery of these devices has started listing some additional, unacceptable, conditions"!
HCL quote back saying "We congratulate the Government for their vision on the $35 Tablet. We have no information of a decision being taken. When government was seeking collaboration, we were one of the first to partner it,” a company statement said."
Looks like government has floated the tenders again. We tried to search in Indian government official tenders website and could not get hold of the details.
It's really frustrating to see such ambitious and unrealistic projects being floated by politicians and ministers that never gets to see the daylight! In the long run, they will become jokers..!
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