Aakash tablet’s price to be slashed?

The government has proposed 22 million ultra-low cost tablets in a phased manner

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NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Centre’s ambitious ultra-low cost (Rs 2,263) Aakash may see further cut in price by over 30 per cent. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has also sought intervention of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), reports PTI.

Sibal believes that the country needs to scale up its technology skills and attain self-reliance. “There are several areas where we need to be self-reliant. Super computing is one such area. C-DAC as a technology leader should provide technological solutions to the world,” he said.

”Let us take Aakash to the people of this country for Rs 1,500,” Sibal said. The government has proposed 22 million ultra-low cost tablets in a phased manner. Post the controversies with Aakash-maker Datawind, the government is yet to float a global tender.

Earlier, Sibal had asked C-DAC to work for a significant technological breakthrough for women safety. He proposed a GPS-enabled wrist watch with automatic alarm to ensure women’s safety

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