MP: Saklecha says Rs 251cell phone possible but doesn’t answer how

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 19, 2016 14:09 IST

How is it financially viable to produce an Android smartphone and sell it for a meager Rs 251, an amount with which one cannot possibly purchase even a part of a smart phone these days.

The e-commerce companies do come with promotional offers to sale their products on unbelievable prices but the products on the offer are a few in number and grabbed within minutes of opening of the sale. But the Rs 251 cell phone offer starts from 6 am on February 18 to lasts up to 8 pm on February 21.

However Omprakash Saklecha, BJP MLA from Jawad in Neemuch district, who was elected to the state assembly third time in 2013 and is son of former Madhya Pradesh chief minister late Virendra Kumar Saklecha, claims it’s quite possible.

But how?

Omprakash Saklecha doesn’t have any specific answer to it.

“Ho jaayega na. Mil jaayega. Hum de rahe hain, Khatm baat. Jo cheej bik rahi hai, hum de rahe hain uske baare me sawal kyun poochh rahe hain..Common aadmi ko hum suvidha de rahe hain aapko takleef kya hai..Ho raha hai (This will happen. People will get mobile phone. We are providing the phone, hence chapter is closed. Why a question should be asked when the phone is being sold..Why you are worried when we are providing a facility to a common man)”, said Saklecha talking to the Hindustan Times on phone.

Saklecha’s presence during smart phone’s launch sparks speculations

Presence of Omprakash Saklecha (57) as a special guest in the launch of Rs 251 smart phone, claimed to be the cheapest smartphone so far, on Wednesday evening in Delhi, has surprised many and sparked speculations about the nature of his association with the company which is launching the mobile phone.

Speaking to HT Saklecha said he had been an industrialist for nearly 30 years and knew many industrialists.

“I come from an industrial background and have been involved in the launch of many products during my career as an industrialist. Mohit Goel, the director of the company Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd, is my friend. I am happy to be associated with the launch as it will help poor people get smartphones,” he said.

This phone will reach a large number of people and help in empowering them: Saklecha

Saklecha said every year 20 crore people bought mobile phones, of whom 18 crore people wanted cheap phones with basic facilities.

“As such this phone will reach a large number of people in India and help in empowering them,” he said.

Mohit Goel told HT over phone that he was very happy to have Saklecha as his friend. When questioned about nature of Saklecha’s association with his company, he said he was busy with a meeting and would talk in the evening about it.

His party colleagues from Neemuch district Sukhlal Sen said the MLA talked of the cheapest mobile phone during a party meeting about three days back but he didn’t tell them how it was financially viable.

A Congress leader from Neemuch Rajkumar Aheer said, “Even a China made cellphone cost Rs 1200-Rs 1500 with no guarantee. Even a battery of a cheapest phone cost Rs 100-Rs 150. It doesn’t seem possible (production and sale of a phone for a meagre Rs 251.”

(With inputs from Mustafa, Neemuch)

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