The project is to be completed in two phases, with pilot
implementations in Phase 1 to be completed in seven
months. Phase 2 of the project would involve implementation
of the project across all states and union territories.
As part of the project, ICICI Infotech and its consortium
partners will provide solutions in the areas of software
development, data warehousing, data migration, country-wide
networking, data centre, disaster recovery services,
application support, facilities management, IT infrastructure
services, call centre and helpdesk services and training.
on the technology implementation, Ramesh Chandra, member-secretary,
empowered committee of state finance ministers said,
"This technology backbone is key to the government''s
vision of improving tax administration in the country
and it was imperative for us to have a partner with
strong capabilities and the ability to support the government
in implementing this vision. Further, with the country
set to move into a value added tax (VAT) regime from
next year, technology will form a critical element in
effective administration. The empowered committee of
state finance ministers chose ICICI Infotech as a technology
partner based on the strong credentials that they have
built in the government sector in India and their approach
to this project as demonstrated during the bid process."
on being awarded the contract, Manoj Kunkalienkar, executive
director and president, ICICI Infotech said, "We
are delighted to have been chosen for the first such
national-level information technology outsourcing initiative
spanning the entire country on a public-private partnership
model to have been awarded in the government sector.
The magnitude of the project covering
all states and union territories of India reiterates
our capabilities in the e-governance space."