BSNL favoured Cisco by tweaking tender norms for procuring IP-MPLS equipment worth Rs 2000-cr: Report

The Quint has reported an Rs 2,000 crore scam involving the purchase of IP-MPLS equipment for the Network for Spectrum (NFS) project from networking major Cisco through Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). The report said that BSNL tender norms for procuring IP-MPLS equipment for the Network for Spectrum (NFS) project were allegedly tweaked to so that the Rs 2,000 crore contract went to Cisco.

“Documents and sources indicate that senior BSNL, army officials and Cisco executives have been the beneficiaries of the Rs 2,000 crore scam, which began during the UPA regime but spilled over after the Modi-led BJP government assumed power in May 2014,” the report said.

Notably, the publication had on 4 November also reported of a Rs 300-crore scam involving BSNL and Cisco in the name of expanding the existing National Internet Backbone (NIB) infrastructure.

State-owned BSNL today told PTI that the telco will look into allegations of irregularity in award of network equipment tender to Cisco in 2014.

“Prima facie there is no substance to the allegations, but since the reports have come we will look into the matter once again. In the past also, these things have come up before I joined, and a proper reply on the subject has been given,” BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava was quoted as saying.

Cisco, in a statement to PTI, said that it “strives to maintain high standards of ethics and integrity across the company and around the world. These values are at the forefront of the way we do business every day. We expect our employees and partners to maintain the highest levels of ethical and responsible business practices at all times and we move quickly to investigate any issues or concerns.”

Source: The Quint

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January 3, 2017 11:44 am 11:44 AM

motivated news. do you want huawaei all over defense area? this type of news are being planted since the time bsnl’s relation soured with huawei when later was not able to provide3 functionalities they promised for several projects.

January 1, 2017 4:45 pm 4:45 PM

Mitron.. mai na khaunga… na khaane dunge :-/

Girish Gowda
January 1, 2017 12:03 am 12:03 AM

Congress ruled time was (and still is in some states) such a nice time to be corrupt and free without a care in the world. Oh, those amazing days of old.

December 31, 2016 11:21 pm 11:21 PM

Every ISP is ignoring Cisco as the vendor because Cisco devices and support is too costly. Now a days all the ISPs using Juniper and Alcatel devices as they are cheaper. Why BSNL opted Cisco?

December 31, 2016 9:45 pm 9:45 PM

TT at least maintain some standards and don’t quote from lousy publications like The Quint, lol.

January 1, 2017 9:42 am 9:42 AM

i’ve noted quint is typically not far off the mark, if not accurate

January 1, 2017 3:44 pm 3:44 PM

Their reporting is motivated, shoot and scoot, lie big-retract small (or not at all) type. Tend to spread misinformation, mostly anti current government. Anyway, if there’s a scam then it won’t be buried or dismissed.

December 31, 2016 8:55 pm 8:55 PM

BSNL also looting customers by not refunding advance money. Time to arrest all BSNL fraud employees.

December 31, 2016 9:35 pm 9:35 PM

Stop posting false info. They will adjust in the upcoming bill.
Complain in pgportal.

You are talking as if airtel and vodafone are honest. Id io t.

January 1, 2017 5:26 am 5:26 AM

I don’t support avoid, that doesn’t mean I’ll support Bsnl which is not refunding my caution money. They are giving numbers to call, but no luck. Last bill I got in email shows to refund, but why they aren’t refunding yet? I have waited more than 6 months for refund.

January 1, 2017 4:44 pm 4:44 PM

Complain at pgportal DoT category giving your contact number. They will call you.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
December 31, 2016 8:48 pm 8:48 PM

BSNL spending 2000 crores on upgrading their network is a much wiser decision than the govt spending on building a statue in the middle of the arabian sea.

Jio Tower
January 1, 2017 1:07 am 1:07 AM

Ha ha ha!

Girish Gowda
January 1, 2017 12:05 am 12:05 AM

The returns on it in the long run and the employment generation which just the Shivaji statue will bring in the future is far greater than any sort of investment on it. Its a miniscule amount compared to the income that Maharashtra generates.

December 31, 2016 11:02 pm 11:02 PM


December 31, 2016 9:44 pm 9:44 PM

No cost is too high to preserve and showcase our heritage. Even a poor person will happily donate for causes like these. Every country has memorials for it’s greats. Some Indians will be happy to take photos in front of Statue of Liberty and what not but he’ll breaks loose when our own greats are honored lol.

January 1, 2017 9:41 am 9:41 AM

why not maintain the existing memorials then?

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
January 1, 2017 1:56 am 1:56 AM
We have a lot of historical monuments and all in various parts of India. That’s enough for bringing in tourism in the country. Currently Maharashtra has a lot of poor people, including the slums in Dharavi, some farmers committing suicide on the other side of the sayadhris, etc. There’s no social security in India. Since the modi Govt got a lot of money to spend, I’d say invest in helping the common man with basic amenities like food clothing and shelter especially for those below the poverty line. Give the men jobs outdoor, let the women make clothes and what… Read more »
January 1, 2017 3:54 pm 3:54 PM
Nationalism has been suppressed for far too long ever since Independence, resulting in a large number of people forgetting their country’s interests and its greats. It’s high time things are reversed now. All benefits are not tangible, like the spirit of national pride. Some symbolism is needed. Had it not been for Shivaji and the Marathas, we would still have been under foreign rule. Not sure why people try to create a parallel narrative, like when they say that since there’s poverty, ISRO should be closed down. India has funds for everything, just that corruption and management doesn’t let them… Read more »
January 1, 2017 1:00 pm 1:00 PM

U wrote the answer to your own question what may result from creating statute employment direct and indirect tourism etc we need to heritage site for more tourism not just maintain what we have and instead of spending on subsidies and all that increase purchasing power…simple logic not hard to get but in actual we want everything in free some don’t want to work but would expect govt to subsidise everything from food,clothing and shelter


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