New Delhi: Concerned over delays in procuring equipment, particularly from Chinese vendors, telecom minister A. Raja on Tuesday met home minister P. Chidambaram and sought a review of the policy .
The meeting comes in the wake of the home ministry’s comments indicating that procurement from Chinese firms is not recommended.
There are apprehensions in the industry that such an order, or a blanket ban on Chinese equipment, could hamper the growth of the entire sector, Raja is understood to have told Chidambaram.
“I shall be grateful if you could kindly review the whole issue and lay down procedure in a manner so that the growth of telecom sector is not hampered,” Raja said in a letter, which was handed over to Chidambaram.
Security agencies had expressed reservations on allowing Chinese companies in telecom and information technology, citing the incidents of Chinese hackers targeting sensitive data on government websites.
Representatives of Chinese firms ZTE Corp. and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd have met government officials and offered to take any step to ensure that there was no security threat from them.
According to Raja’s letter to Chidambaram, the foreign vendors have also raised concerns that the stand was inconsistent with India’s commitments to intellectual property rights in multilateral forums such as the World Trade Organization.