The Congress party has alleged that despite the government claiming that it has barred Chinese companies from working in India, the meter installation project in Jammu and Kashmir is being indirectly handled by Chinese company which has worked in Pakistan also.
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera alleged, "The government has facilitated back-door entry of the Chinese company for such a sensitive work in Jammu and Kashmir."
The party further alleged that Dongfang company is active in various countries and has special relations with Pakistan. The company has worked in Pakistan's Nandipur power project and is known for making software and hardware for Radio Frequency Technology.
The Congress alleged, "the company which has got the work in J&K to install smart electric metres has given its work to Dongfang which is Chinese company and reports to the Chinese Army and the government. The tender has been given by the Power Ministry under rural electrification program.
The Company has to install 1 lakh smart metres in Jammu and another 1 lakh in Srinagar. But in the smart meter the important component like Radio Communication System, the nature of work and the geographical region make it a sensitive issue, and when it is done in kashmir, it a national security issue, alleged Khera.
"There is a threat that with all the data with the Chinese company, this may create a blackout," said Khera.
The Congress spokesperson said that when whole world is facing the threat of cyber attack then we should be cautious in handing over such sensitive work to Chinese companies.
You can watch the entire press briefing by Pawan Khera here: