Updated: Is Kapil Sibal Giving us A Goli (Tablet)?

Today’s papers inform us of Telecom minister Kapil Sibal’s announcement that low cost tablet Aakash 4, will be sold in the Indian market in less than two months at a cost of Rs 3,999.

Aakash 4 will be available in the market in one or one and a half months. Its a modern tablet and will be available for around Rs 3,999.

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal

He also said that the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGSD) has floated tenders for the tablet. But it looks like the t The tender has been floated and scrapped (and floated again). In a notification dated 6 January 2014, the DGSD said

It is to intimate all of you that the subject tender has been scrapped due to some changes in technical specifications.

The DGSD’s tender website, which has been updated till last week, doesn’t show any new tenders. To be fair, tenders are scrapped all the time. A new tender was floated towards the end of January, Medianama reported.

Also, if the new tender hasn’t been floated yet, The bids were supposed to be opened the same day and the contract period begins from March.  Earlier, Sibal had said that the tablets will hit the market in January 2014. This isn’t the first time the project has been delayed. The low cost tablet has had its share of trouble right from the start when Sibal (as the HRD minister) proposed to develop and distribute these tablets. 

*This post was updated to reflect correct facts. After the old tender was scrapped, a new tender for Aakash 4 was floated towards the end of January.

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