Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that the decision to ban the import of laptops involves security concerns.

The minister said there would be no disruption in availability or pricing and the government would be ready to engage with the industry and consider other options as well.

“There is an issue here, which is a serious security matter. Even Tesla cars are not allowed where Xi Jinping (President of China) is present. Because they are very conscious about the security risks, Even for the presence of a car around the Chinese prime minister. India has to protect itself even from countries that are hostile to India,” Goyal said.

Speaking at a book release event of journalist Nalin Mehta, Goyal said the present government is a listening and accessible government.

Goyal said, “We know that laptops are our constant companions. Laptops are being used for all our privileged and confidential information. And they can be quite a potent source of leaks.”

The minister shared an anecdote that while watching the news, his television suddenly switched to the HDMI 1 port.

Referring to his phone, Goyal said, “I don’t know, we haven’t touched any equipment… As it happened now… Now I am afraid about my phone as well, that will also have to be checked.” Enter emergency mode during the event.

Talking about the ONDC platform, Goyal said that he has directly contacted the owners of three large e-commerce companies and has received feedback that their progress is slow.

Goyal said, “I personally call all three of them. And they are personally messaging me about the progress their companies are making on ONDC.”

He said ONDC has touched around 100,000 transactions a day but “I still call it beta testing phase”.

“Some people ask me this is for small retailers. So why are you taking Amazon, Flipkart, Tata and Airtel and Reliance and all these on ONDC, because I believe we can socialize it. And trying to make it a success. We need things big and small to co-exist, Goyal said. And that will give consumers choice.”

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