KFON: IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar raises suspicion over deal with Chinese company

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Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology.

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Friday raised suspicion over the deal between Kerala Fiber Optic Network (KFON) and a Chinese company.

According to the minister, the Kerala government should clarify why a Chinese company was approached for cables even when “there are many cable manufacturing companies in India".

However, BJP’s union minister noted that at present he has not come across any complaints concerning the KFON project.

Interestingly, this is not the first time that a BJP leader has raised contention against KFON. Months ago, BJP spokesperson Sandeep Vachaspathi claimed that the state government had given the contract for cable lying to a private company at a rate of Rs 40,000 per km while generally it is charged at Rs 8000 to Rs 10,000 per km in the state.

While according to Congress veteran and Opposition leader VD Satheesan, KFON is one of the biggest corrupt deals of the CPM-led state government. His party counterpart Ramesh Chennithala was also seen active in levelling allegations against the project.

Meanwhile, after the KFON launch Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that opposition is against all forms of development. “They are not just against the government but are also against the people. But development is the agenda of the Left government," Vijayan said.

(KFON) is Kerala government's ambitious IT infrastructure project which promises free internet to two million households besides 30,000 government offices in Kerala.

With IANS inputs

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