(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 12, 2010
Silent on WiMax Franchise Issue
in the mystery of WiMax franchise, may go through the website of
Communications. On their website, the Starnet Communications say that
Communications Pvt Ltd, formerly known as AMPOULES & AUTO PVT LTD
established since 1958 at Kolkata, West Bengal, India to provide
consultancy for the emerging auto industry.”
In reply to
Question No 1558 dated March 11, 2010, the minister of state in the
communication and information technology informed Rajya Sabha that “The government has short-listed four
companies to fight
for state-run telecom giant BSNL's franchisees on it latest WiMax. The
short-listed companies are Teracom, Take Solutions, Adishwar
name was nowhere there in the bidding process.
Ampoules & Auto Pvt. Ltd declared that “Ampoules & Auto Pvt Ltd
to inform that it has participated successfully in the BSNL WiMax
dated November 25, 2009 in Chennai.”
Ampoules & Auto Pvt Ltd declared that “Ampoules & Auto Pvt Ltd
like to inform that” the company’s name had been changed and that it is
known as Starnet Communications Pvt Ltd.
is: Was M/s
Ampoules and Auto Pvt Ltd eligible for short-listing?
outset, one feels
puzzled to note that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT)
company for WiMax franchise who would be providing project consultancy
emerging auto industry during the bidding process.
Clause 1.1 of
the tender number
CGMP/CHI/EOI-WiMAX(e)Tender.2009-10/1 dated June 4, 2009, stipulated
stipulated the condition: “Original Equipment Manufacturer / System
having a turnover of at least 100 crore for the last two financial
meeting other eligibility conditions as stipulated in EOI document are
So, in the
instance, Ampoules and Auto Pvt Ltd should have beenn declared
bidding since the company was not an “Original Equipment Manufacturer /
Integrator” at the time of bidding.
the copies of
the annual returns submitted by Ampoules and Auto Pvt Ltd, it
transpires that the
company did not have a turnover of 100 crore during any of the last two
these hard facts,
M/s Ampoules and Auto Pvt Ltd was short-listed for WiMax franchise.
enquiry was made at 114A, Madan Mohan Burman Street, Kolkata 700 007,
office address given for M/s Ampoules and Auto Pvt Ltd. Strangely, the
living at the given address had never heard of any such company at the
On August 30,
several members of parliament including myself wrote to the prime
demand an enquiry. The letter was followed by another two letters to
minister on October 22, 2010 and November 30, 2010. Only the first two
were acknowledged by the prime minister. So far, no enquiry has been
Now, a print
says that an enquiry is being conducted by the chief vigilance
into the matter of WiMax franchise.
If the said
media report is
true, this involves something unethical since the present CVC was
the DoT during the period when the WiMax franchise was decided and, as
the question of a conflict of interests come in the way.
both the houses of parliament is today demanding the constitution of a
parliamentary committee (JPC) to probe into the 2G and 3G spectrum
scams. Now, this
is an added issue that needs to be enquired.
of the DoT during the period of A K Raja is under clout while Raja is
constantly defending himself, stating that what had been done was in
knowledge of the prime minister’s office (PMO). The matter needs to be
by a JPC only, as the public accounts committee (PAC) can examine the
on the basis of the comptroller and auditor general’s report on 2G
allocation but the case of WiMax franchise was beyond the scope of the
enough courage to constitute a joint parliamentary committee?