DataWind CEO clears the air about Aakash 2 shipments
Earlier today, we reported that M.M. Pallam Raju, the new HRD minister was not sure about the obsession with the Aakash Tablet and said it was important to focus on the connectivity front. This has stemmed the possibility of the government scrapping the Aakash project. DataWind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli has issued an update on the delivery of the Aakash 2 tablet to IIT-Bombay just to clear some of the air regarding the entire issue.
According to Suneet Singh Tuli, his company has delivered 17,100 devices to IIT-Bombay and has received payment for the same. Apart from this, he states that there are 29,400 devices in transit to the institution through their logistics company, which is slated to get delivered in next few weeks. Tuli has ensured that out of the remaining, 23,500 devices have been manufactured and are with sub-contract manufacturers, pending for shipment.
Moreover, the remaining of the 30,000 units have been claimed to be manufactured and would be delivered within the next couple of weeks.
Tuli has also stated that the company is trying to deliver as many units as possible by March 31. The 30,000 units are being manufactured at New Delhi based H. S. Chawla and Co., UP based Delhi Control Devices Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore’s Digital Circuits Pvt. Ltd. Raipur’s RishabhInfrarealities Pvt. Ltd. and at DataWind’s facilities in Amritsar.
Tuli has also tried to justify the cause for delay as he claims the Customs is holding the process as it is conducting verifications by giving the exemption certificates for certain components issued by IIT-Bombay.