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Punjab Government selects Wipro for deploying Tax Management System

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Wipro Infotech announced that it has

been selected by the Department of Excise & Taxation, Government

of Punjab to deploy the tax management system across the state. Wipro

will also manage the solution for a period of 5 years.

The excise and taxation department is

one of the major revenue collecting agencies in the state. It plays

an important role in the fiscal structure of the state. There are 23

tax districts in Punjab for which there are about 100 offices at all

levels. The revenue is collected in the shape of various levies such

as taxes, excise duties and fees etc. The department had proposed a

scheme for computerization of sales tax procedures in July 2000. To

implement this, the Government created an autonomous body called

Excise and Taxation Technical Services Agency (ETTSA). ETTSA selected

Wipro to deploy and manage the solution for the department of excise

and taxation, Punjab.

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The genesis of the proposed project is

rooted in the desire of the department for effective and efficient

discharge of its functions to its taxpayers as well as to its

internal staff. Taking its IT maturity to the next level and with an

aim to improve upon its business processes, resolve the bottlenecks

of the existing system and to ensure end-to-end visibility of each

and every tax process, the department has embarked on this key

initiative.

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As part of the scope, Wipro will be

responsible for the design, implementation and management of IT

infrastructure and outsourced transaction processing along with other

support activities. This includes procurement, deployment, operations

and maintenance of the department's IT infrastructure at various

project locations as well as data migration, setting up of various

front windows, training, helpdesk and maintenance activities.

Migration of the application and data as required for implementation

of GST is also a part of the project.

Wipro would also undertake design,

development, customization, testing and rollout of the application

software across the state including support for a period of 5 years.

The engagement includes migration of the application and data to the

new Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime when it is rolled out

nationally.

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Speaking on the occasion, Vivek Sharma,

GM and business head, Government and Defence vertical, Wipro said,

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Punjab Government to

further the cause of e-governance. We plan to deploy IT systems and

services that are extremely robust, scalable and flexible to ensure

efficient payment and collection of taxes across the state.”

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Wipro was chosen after a rigorous

techno-commercial selection process which saw top IT firms contesting

for the deal. Wipro was finally selected based on its technical

expertise and commercial proposition.

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