The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved ‘Project SAKSHAM’, a New Indirect Tax Network (Systems Integration) of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).
The total project cost involved is Rs.2256 crore which will be incurred over a period of seven years. It will help in:
• implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST),
• extension of the Indian Customs Single Window Interface for Facilitating Trade (SWIFT) and
• other taxpayer friendly initiatives under Digital India and Ease of Doing Business of Central Board of Excise and Customs.
The implementation strategy for the project will be to ensure readiness of CBEC’s IT systems by April, 1, 2017, when GST is to be introduced. The upgrade of the IT systems will be carried out while keeping the existing Taxpayer services running.
CBEC’s IT systems need to integrate with the Goods & Services Tax Network (GSTN) for processing of registration, payment and returns data sent by GSTN systems to CBEC, as well as act as a frontend for other modules like Audit, Appeal, Investigation. There is no overlap in the GST related systems of CBEC and GSTN.
Source: Press Release