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No news about disassociation from Aakash tablet: Datawind

The manufacturers of India's cheapest Aakash tablet in a statement says the report of dissociation with the project appears to be false.

IANS | February 22, 2012 | Updated 15:31 IST

A day after reports that Datawind, manufacturers of India's cheapest Aakash tablet, were to be disassociated from the tablet, the manufacturer on Tuesday said that they had no "official or unofficial" information about it.

"Datawind would like to state that we've not been informed officially or unofficially by the ministry of HRD (human resource development) of anything restricting us to participate in the next tender," a statement from the company said.

A news report on Monday quoted Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal saying Datawind will not be associated with it anymore and the government has roped in C-DAC and ITI for further development of the tablet computer.

In its statement, Datawind said that the statement quoting Sibal "appears to be false and is a deliberate attempt by some negative elements to stall the ambitious project of Mr. Kapil Sibal to eradicate digital divide in education in India.

"We believe the articles have misquoted the minister," it said.

"Datawind shares the vision of the minister, and is committed to providing indigenously manufactured computing & internet devices at the lowest prices in the world, to both the Government and the Commercial markets".

Based in Canada's Montreal, Datawind is a developer of wireless web access products and services.

The Aakash tablet is priced at approximately $49 (Rs 2,414).

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