VAT Computerization of HP and J & K
Computerization of VAT Departments was the preliminary condition for installation of Tax Information Exchange System. Some of the States were already having Computerization in their VAT Departments. Keeping in view the slow progress of computerization, the Government of India was requested to take initiative to help the Special Category States with computerization. The Government of India, Department of Revenue requested the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers to take up the VAT Computerization in the States of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
M/s PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd. were engaged as Consultant for the project of VAT computerization in Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh for a total fee of Rs.2.40 crores. M/s Tata Consultancy Services was appointed as Implementing Agency for the VAT computerization of Commercial Tax Departments of Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh on payment of total amount of about Rs.38.04 crores.
The Government of India also decided to constitute a Project Review and Monitoring Committee consisting of the Member Secretary, Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers; Director (State Taxes), Department of Revenue, Government of India; Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, Government of Jammu & Kashmir; Excise & Taxation Commissioner, Government of Himachal Pradesh and Senior Administrative Officer, Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers.
The Review and Monitoring Committee in its various meetings have reviewed the progress made in the implementation of the Project. The difficulties pointed out by the States and the Implementation Agency were also discussed and were sorted out. Suitable instructions were issued to the Implementation Agency and the Consultant to ensure that the project is completed as per schedule fixed in the Agreement.