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FITAG bans HP, HCL and Acer in Gujrat

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DQC News Bureau
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The efforts of Gujarat Urban Co-operative Banks Federation (GUCBF) to

increase penetration of desktops in the state seems to have back fired.

Federation of IT Associations of Gujarat (FITAG), an umbrella organization

comprising as many as 20 IT association in the state, has imposed a ban on three

major PC brands HP, HCL and Acer.

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The federation has called for the ban in protest of the state governments

decision to shortlist only these three brands for the ambitious Flood IT

project. By restricting the brands, the benefits of the project have also been

restricted to only those resellers of HP, Acer and HCL PCs, which is causing

quite a stir among the channel community in the region.

Kaushik

Pandya
, President, FITAG

Flood IT project was launched by GUCBF in a bid to offer finance on PCs to

students from kindergarten to post graduate level on zero percent interest rate.

The initiative was targeted towards increasing the penetration of PCs across

Gujarat, especially in the rural hinterlands.

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“We have requested partners to stop all billings with distributors, regional

distributors and sub distributors for these brands till further notice. If they

do so, and it comes to the notice of officials of FITAG, they will issue

instructions to all their members to stop doing business with that partner till

March 31,” said Kaushik Pandya, President, FITAG.

The federation has also questioned the availability of post-sale services of

the three brands in the remote areas of the state, as support services will be a

serious issue for smaller towns. Only local and regional players can provide

effective service.

To address these issues the organization plans to hold a meeting soon.

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