CMC computerises Madhya Pradesh Commercial Taxes Department
New Delhi, May 2, 2003
The honourable chief minister of MP, Shri Digvijay Singh today inaugurated the value added taxation (VAT) enabled Madhya Pradesh commercial taxation department. Madhya Pradesh commercial taxes is the prime revenue earner for the state exchequer. It was also apt that the e-governance initiatives of Madhya Pradesh chose this department for use of IT for efficient and effective discharge of its function thus making a difference to governance in the state of Madhya Pradesh. In this endeavour CMC Limited, a premier information technology company was chosen as the consultant cum implementers for the total job on a turnkey basis.
The department has taken a lead over other states where computerisation of commercial taxes is still very much in words than deeds. This ambitious project was shouldered and driven from the level of commissioner and involved active participation from personnel from all sections of the department. The scope of the project involved co-ordinated planning right from the stage of site preparation to micro-level implementation issues to training to all its officers. A major restructuring drive was held with the induction of IT-operators in the department to extend operational hand at the remote sites. The application caters to all the important functions of a commercial taxation department like dealer registration, returns filing, assessment, and enforcement etc besides taking care of staff functions of payroll, personnel information system, etc. The application named "MPTAXNET" is completely VAT compatible and enables MP commercial taxes to smoothly adopt VAT as and when it is introduced in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, the hon'ble commissioner, commercial taxes, Dr Vishawapati Trivedi said, "The successful completion of the project was not possible without the incredible enthusiasm of CMC Team."
Speaking on the occasion CMC's MD and CEO, Mr S S Ghosh reiterated CMC's commitment to develop indigenous IT solutions to enhance eGovernance in the country. CMC has worked especially in the areas, which will enable centre and state Governments to improve the G to C interaction as well as improve the revenue mobilisation and management activities of the government. He complemented the MP government for the lead they have taken in this area.
This application is web based where the application and the database for the entire state is located at a central location at Indore in a cluster of ALPHA ES 40 Servers providing both redundancy and high availability. Over a 3-tier architecture all 4 zonal, 13 divisional and 78 circle offices spread across 45 districts of Madhya Pradesh is connected to the central database and application server at Indore over high speed leased lines taken from BSNL. Industry proven Oracle 9i application server and database has been used. The front end has been developed using JSP. Another important landmark in the technology is that the whole application presents Hindi as the acceptable working language for the end users. CMC also implemented an Intranet based mailing system for the department whose extensive use across the department has already delighted many into adopting IT for day-to-day work.
Further enhancements to the functionality would continue to be made over time to the system to make it more citizens friendly. Already plans are afoot to provide the registered taxpayers direct access to the database, using Internet. This would enable the dealers to seek answers to their queries, directly from the database, 24 X 7, without burdening the commercial tax authorities for this work.
Founded in 1976, CMC is one of the premier information technology solutions providers in India, with a turnover of Rs 565 crore for 2001-02. Operating out of 18 offices and more than one hundred and fifty service locations in the country, CMC Limited employs over 3,000 people and has a wholly owned subsidiary in USA called Baton Rouge International Inc.
CMC's vision is to operate globally and bring the benefit of information technology to improve the productivity of its customers and the quality of its customer's products and services. CMC combines horizontal expertise in information technology with its vertical experience developed by working in a wide range of industries. After the successful disinvestment of CMC by the government of India, CMC has become part of Tata group and closely working with TCS Asia's largest software company.
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