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Gujarat govt "paying" 700% more to Vodafone for telecom than offer by BSNL: Gohil

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Gujarat's senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil has alleged that the state BJP government is "squandering public money by paying crores of rupees to Vodafone for the services which are available at a very low tariff." Gohil, who is the party's national spokesperson and Bihar in charge, has demanded that the government give details of the deal with the private company, "which is minting money at public cost".
Gohil said, the state government is paying "700 percent more to Vodafone for the services which were available at a much cheaper rate", adding, the General Administrative Department (GAD) alone is "paying exorbitant charges for 2,000 telephones. Other government organisations are following GAD and number of telephones with higher tariff runs into thousands."
Releasing copies of the government resolution (GR), issued by GAD (CEL10203-1478), to media, Gohil said, the "government’s own company BSNL was offering unlimited local calls and national roaming along with 100 free SMSes for 129 days in Rs 666 which worked out Rs 166 per month."
"On the other hand", he said, "While vodafone is offering 20 GB data to its subscribers in Rs 299, it is getting Rs 390 from the state government and giving only five GB data! Thus, a common subscriber of Vodafone gets five time more data than the government subscriber for whom government is paying a bigger." He added, "In the case of government officers and ministers, the state government is paying Rs 729 for data per month."
Claiming that it smacks "foul play and corruption", Gohil asked, "Earlier these services were taken from the state-ownd BSNL. Why a private company has been engaged?", wondering, "What action it will take against persons responsible for this? Lakhs of rupees can be saved by engaging government agency BSNL. When will government engage BSNL?"

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