Department of Information Technology to handle tendering process for ‘Aakash’


There is official statement stating tendering process for rolling out the improved version of the world’s cheapest tablet PC, Aakash, will be handled by the Department of Information Technology

The step was taken to sort out differnces between IIT Rajasthan and Datawind, the manufacturer of the tablet PC, over the issue of enhanced specification demands.

Currently, the development and manufacturing of all the IT and electronic products is governed by Department of IT under the Ministry of Communications and IT, headed by Kapil Sibal who also holds HRD portfolio.

HRD Ministry has already said it will require an additional 22 crore units of Aakash, and to manufacture Aakash in such large numbers, fresh tenders will be released enabling other companies along with Datawind to also get a chance.


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