Multinational brand vendors are pressuring the government to ban the import of used computers and IT accessories. The Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) is considering the proposal presented by these companies and other interest groups. The government’s decision to seek proposals has created discontent among second-hand/used computer users and sellers. The decision has been largely criticized as “a timid and anti-poor policy of the federal government”, as reported by the Business Recorder. The paper added that retailers expressed fears that the currently increasing rate of IT literacy would begin to drop if the ban were to take place.
The newspaper reported that a used computer system is imported at 15 to 20 US dollars, while a new one costs around 350 to 400 US dollars. Pakistan imports – mainly from UK and the US, about 0.75 million used computer annually, which satisfy over 90 percent users of middle and lower class societies. Whereas, new computer capture a very small market share, according to retailers, there are about 35m000 shops selling second-hand computer across the country and imposing this ban is likely to put them out of the business.
On the other hand, adviser to Prime Minister for IT Sardar Latif Khosa said that there is no proposal under consideration at any governmental level to ban import of used computer as such measures would deprive common man from a personal computer, especially our students.
But we know our ministers’, adviser’s and executive’s statement are most of time false. They imposed the decision on the public later on but before it they always deny it so that public may not offensive. We need to see by implementation of this ban how many people will suffer. Business is already not in good position in Pakistan while type of steps are very bad on this situation. Our student can’t afford expensive devices and computer.
There is clearly and a real debate in the country because it does have real implications for economic, environmental and technological choices for ordinary Pakistanis.
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