In a move encourage the ‘Vocal for Local’, Modi-led central government has called upon the Indian companies to come up with a video conferencing solution in competition to Zoom, an American service. The government has shortlisted 10 companies including tech giant HCL Technologies and cloud services firm Zoho Corp.
The companies which would receive a Rs 5 lakh grant from the government, are expected to develop a prototype for the solution that will aim to be at par with the global services like Zoom. HCL Technologies, home-grown cloud services firm Zoho Corp, and Hyderabad-based PeopleLink are among the ten companies selected by the government in the first round.
In the second round, three out of these ten will be asked to build the complete solution and will be given ₹20 lakh each. Ultimately, one winner from this will get to deploy the solution for the central and state government. In the first year of the 4-year contract, the government is expected to pay Rs 1 crore to the selected startup. Another Rs 10 lakh will be provided to the company in the next three years for operations and maintenance of the product.
Aria Telecom, CyberHorizon Corp, Darsh, Instrive Softlabs, PeopleLink Unified Communications and Data Ingenious are among the other shortlists as per a list.