The UIDAI, which entered into a contract with Wipro in 2011 for supply, installation and commissioning of servers and storage systems, breached provision of the contract and extended favour to Wipro, incurring expenditure of Rs 4.92 crore for annual equipment maintenance, which was covered under free warranty, the Controller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has alleged in a report. A timeline of the events leading to this: May 2011: The UIDAI spent a total of Rs 134.28 crore on buying storage and server infrastructure along with free periodical maintenance from Wipro through a contractual agreement for its data centers in Bangalore and Delhi/NCR. November 2011 - February 2012: The infrastructure was deployed to UIDAI, but the contract mandated that the servers and data storage devices be subject to an Acceptance Test or quality test before it could be put to use. March 2012: UIDAI hired a third party to conduct necessary compliance tests; the third party reported back by October 2012 stating certain devices did not meet server uptime requirement as prescribed in the contract with Wipro. November 2012: “However, on the request of vendor (Wipro), UIDAI reduced the component uptime requirement norm,” CAG said in the report. January 2013: Another compliance test was run on the devices by the same third party , and it reported that all components met the standards specified in the updated contract. February 2013: As per contract conditions, the date of acceptance of all equipment was fixed for the month of February 2013 by the…
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