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Thursday, November 29, 2018
After Winning Diesel Supply for Railways Contract, Reliance Win Telecom Contract,Other Companies Allege Tender Awarded Illegally.
The latest in the series of tenders that Indian Railways has awarded to Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited(RIL) is one for providing After winning contract for diesel supply to railways, rel wins cyz to Indian railway employees, from January 1, 2019. Reliance Jio replaced Bharti Airtel — the Indian Railways’ telecom service provider for the last six years with its agreement with the company coming to an end on December 31, 2018.
Reportedly, Jio will provide telecom services to around 3.78 lakh railway employees under the railways’ Closed User Group (CUG). This is a significant increase from the 1.95 lakh railway employees who were a part of the Airtel-facilitated CUG.
The company will provide four packages to railways — one for its senior most officials (two per cent subscribers) — a 60 GB plan with a monthly rental of Rs 125, a 45 GB plan at a monthly rental of Rs 99 for its joint secretary level officers (26 per cent subscribers), a 30 GB plan at a rental of Rs 67 for Group C staff (72 per cent subscribers) and a Rs 49 rental plan for bulk SMS. For regular subscribers — a 25 GB plan of Jio is available for Rs 199 and subscribers have to pay Rs 20 per GB thereafter to top up their plans. Railway employees have to pay Rs 10 for 2 GB of extra data they use and more thereafter, according to the plan worked out by Jio.
Reportedly RailTel had the responsibility of finalising a service provider for the continuation of the CUG scheme post-December 2018. The railway board order said, “Fresh CUG scheme had since been finalised by RailTel and Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has been awarded the contract to implement the scheme.”
Indian Express reported that bidders for the tender had alleged that Jio had violated tender norms which adversely not to Jio. Bidders alleged that a special clause in the tender that stipulates, “the rates across different plans will not vary more than 50 per cent of minimum data rates quoted in any of the plan,” did not apply to Reliance.
In 2015, another Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance enterprise, the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) had won the contract to supply diesel fuel to the Indian railways in 2015. RIL had pipped the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to win the contract, after giving a discount of Rs 1.5 per litre, although Petroleum and Natural Gas ministry officials gave no further details regarding the winning contract.-NC