RTI reply on AI cameras: Chennithala slams Keltron, says it lost credibility

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Ramesh Chennithala, AI Camera | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress veteran and former opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala on Thursday said that Keltron's response to the RTI query underlines a cover-up for corruption as it does not reveals the cost of the AI-assisted cameras installed in the state. The response does not suit a public sector undertaking like Keltron's stature and it has lost its credibility completely, he said.

In response to an RTI query, Keltron stated that the disclosure of these prices could adversely impact the company's competitive position, and as per the RTI Act, trade secrets cannot be revealed.

“For whom does Keltron work? Collaborating with the monopoly company, Keltron is attempting to take advantage of the common man's faults. Whose trade secret will be lost if the cameras’ cost is revealed? The face of Keltron and the government, who are conspiring to rob the people, is uglier here,” Chennithala alleged.

“Earlier, Keltron chairman Narayanamoorthy said that a camera cost Rs 9 lakh. Although everyone has realised that the camera won’t cost even a lakh, Keltron is still continuing its foul play,” he added.

Further, the leader warned that if the government is eyeing school opening week to collect huge fines using controversial cameras, then it will face strong opposition.

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