Telecom and HRD minister Kapil Sibal said that Datawind the manufacturer of the product will not be related with it anymore and the Government has roped in C-DAC and ITI in advance development of the tablet computer.
He said that “There have been some problem with Datawind I must confess. Therefore, I have got into the act. IT ministry has got C-DAC and ITI into the act and I am going to ensure that this product is fully indigenous and truly an Indian product.”
On whether the latest tablet will be available within the similar price range as that of the prior product, he said that “Yes that’s what we hope. It is to be upgraded.”
The Minister said that “I think its a great thing if there is competition. Ultimately my objective is to get a quality product in the hands of the children. I have set the benchmark, it has changed the mindset of the world, I can tell you that.”
Everybody currently wants to produce a tablet which is of quality and which is rationally affordable, he noted. The Aakash tablet is priced at about USD 49 (Rs 2414).