Aakash 2 to cost less than Rs 2,000
According to the ministry of human resource development (MHRD), the next tender for 55 lakh units of Aakash 2 — which is to be floated in January 2013 — will bring down the price to less than $30.
“Though we have not floated the tender, the RFP documents are ready. The next tender may bring down the price in the $20 range. The manufacturing price is $35 at present and we expect it to be reduced for the 5.5 million units to begin with,” said an MHRD official.
The Aakash 2 costs R2,263. This is the price at which London-based DataWind supplies it to the government and the latter is offering it to students at a subsidised price of R1,131. The company will supply 100,000 units to the government by December this year after which the new tender for 55 lakh units would be floated.
Though both Aakash and its improved version Aakash 2 have been developed by DataWind, the new tender will ask for more than five suppliers to supply the tablets because of the huge demand and the government wants competition in the market to further reduce the price.
“The distribution among selected companies will not be equal and the one which bids the lowest will get the maximum chunk. It depends on their production capacity. We will
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