Poor computer sales in east, says Compass VP

Kolkata, May 30 | Updated: May 31 2007, 05:30am hrs
Though sales of computers across India have increased in the last year, sales in eastern India have been far from satisfactory, said Alok Garodia, vice-president of Computer Association of Eastern India (COMPASS). According to K L Lalani, president of COMPASS, six million computers were sold in India last year and the industry was worth Rs 4 lakh crore, however, the contribution of Eastern India amounted to only 15 to 17 per cent of the figures.

Speaking at a press meet to announce the commencement of its annual "Compass Used and Discounted PC Show 2007," Lalani said that the company plans to set up a training centre each year for the benefit of those who cannot afford to pay steep course fees to learn the basics of computers. COMPASS runs three such centres at present, apart from working with NGOs that aim to promote computer literacy.

Garodia added that government involvement in the promotion of computer literacy was optimum. He said, "The IT department might be doing their bit introducing computers in schools and colleges, but what active government participation in promoting computer education is the need of the day."

Referring to COMPASS's 'Ghar ghar mein computer' campaign, Garodia said that, it could become a reality only if the price of computers plunged. He said that efforts are already on to develop a computer for $100 in Bangalore.

Speaking to FE about the possibility of making Kolkata a completely wi-fi city, Garodia said that making the entire city wi-fi is still an expensive and unsustainable business proposition for entrepreneurs.