HCL Insys Bags Andhra VAT Automation Project

Hyderabad: | Updated: Mar 26 2003, 05:30am hrs
HCL Infosystems has bagged the mandate to completely automate the Value Added Tax (VAT) services of Andhra Pradesh, which is expected to go on stream from April 1, 2003.

The project, codenamed AP VASTIC (Value Added Sales Tax Information System), is funded by DFID of the UK (a UK government-owned funding agency for the governance projects) and the AP government for the integration of various tax collection offices across the state with the main office in Hyderabad.

Speaking to eFE, HCL Infosystems head of operations (South-east Entity) Anand Swaroop said: The Rs 16-crore, three-year project involves complete automation of VAT services across all the 21 circles in the state, replacing the old AP GST system, with the interconnectivity facility to the main commercial tax department in Hyderabad.

The company will also take up total solutions, maintenance, network management services with necessary stationery/hardware. This is the first total software integration project on VAT to be implemented in India, he said.

The project is being developed using enterprise management system, network management system and facility management system to enable the department to operate remotely, he claimed.

Accordingly, all employees of the commercial tax department across the state would be able to connect to the central data centre, streamlining the working of the department. The company is setting up a big data centre at the main office and the project is expected to be completed by the end of April, Mr Swaroop said.

The company has decided to exploit its technical relationship with the Sun Microsystems Inc by using latters data servers and data-centre solutions to offer the inter-connectivity to various tax collection offices in the state, he said further.

If the state government sites are ready, the company can complete the project in 15 days time, he said. A dedicated team of 40 professionals would be deployed for the project, he added.

The UK-based leading consultant Charless Kindall and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have jointly evaluated the project, Mr Swaroop said.