New Delhi, Dec 31: RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch on Tuesday expressed "disappointment" at the decision of the government to allow the Chinese telecom company Huawei to conduct 5G trials in India.
"The in-principle approval might not mean that the actual contract is given to Huawei, we understand this, but this is very discouraging for the domestic players," wrote Dr Ashwani Mahajan, National Co-Convenor SJM, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"As you are aware, that we endorse the development and evolution of technology and strongly back its use to make the human life more meaningful and easy. But we are equally conscious of the national security and the privacy issues of our fellow countrymen," the letter said.
It further said that the domestic players will always be "suspicious" that the Chinese company managed the foot inside the door and could undercut the price to take the project. Dr Mahajan also said in his missive - "There is misinformation, deliberately been floated with cohesion of some bureaucrats that India does not have a pool of talent to provide the 5G and 6G solutions. This is not true."
He said on the contrary, there are a series of entrepreneurs working extensively on this. "An Indian company has patented their 6G concept in the US. At this stage, these entrepreneurs need patronage of the government to accelerate.
This will armour India to build the infrastructure to take fruits of leap in the technology, that too without compromising security." The countries, who have grown big in the telecommunication equipment manufacturing, groomed their domestic players, Dr Mahajan said adding - "Even Huawei took 75 billion USD from the Chinese establishment".
The government announced on Monday that it would allow 5G trial in the country. “The age of 5G is coming... we have taken a decision to give 5G spectrum for trials to all the players," Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said. (UNI)