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.
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
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
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.”
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.