New Delhi: In the wake of the fatal altercation between the armies of both the countries in Eastern Ladakh, India’s Telecom Ministry on Wednesday asked all of the entities to restrict their purchases from China. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: ‘US Military to Stand With India,’ Indicates White House
Issuing an order, the Telecom Ministry asked BSNL, MTNL and other subsidiaries to avoid purchasing Chinese equipment to upgrade its 4G network. Also Read - India in Talks With China Militarily And Diplomatically to Resovle Ladakh Standoff: Foreign Secretary
The development comes after a violent face-off broke out between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley that killed 20 soldiers of the Indian Army on Monday night. Also Read - 'Bravery is Pre-requisite For Peace': In Ladakh, PM Modi Sends Strong Message to China | 10 Points
Reports suggested that the Centre is also planning to ask private operators to reduce their dependence on equipment made by China.
Moreover, the Union Ministry has also asked all concerned departments to make the purchase of goods manufactured in India as their priority to promote ‘Make in India’ initiative. The Ministry said it should also be done to promote ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ plan of the Centre also.
As per updates, the move taken by the Telecom Ministry could play a major role in the 4G upgradation purchases by its subsidiaries.
The BSNL had on May 31 cancelled Rs 8,697 crore 4G tender it had floated in March of this year. In the recent past, telecom companies such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have been working with Huawei in their current networks. On the other hand, the ZTE works with state-run BSNL.