Govt pays Infosys Rs 164.5 crore to create new IT portal

From January 2019 to June 2021, the total amount paid to Infosys under this project is Rs 164.5 crore," Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. "



The government paid Infosys Rs 164.5 crore to create a new income tax e-filing portal between January 2019 and June 2021, Parliament was informed on Monday.


"The contract for Integrated e-Filing and Centralized Processing Centre (CPC 2.0) project was awarded to the managed service provider Infosys Ltd on the lowest cost basis through an open tender published on the Central Public Procurement Portal (CPPP).


"From January 2019 to June 2021, the total amount paid to Infosys..


On January 16, 2019, the Union Cabinet gave its approval for the project at an outlay of Rs 4,241.97 crore for a period of 8.5 years, including paymentto managed service providers (MSPs), GST, rent, postal and project management, he said.


On June 7 this year, the government launched the new Income Tax e-filing portal as part of the Integrated e-Filing and Centralized Processing Centre 2.0 project.


Chaudhary said taxpayers, tax professionals and other stakeholders have reported irregularities in the functioning of the new portal. The issues to be experienced by taxpayers relate to the slow functioning of the portal, non-availability of certain functionalities or technical issues in the functionalities.


"Infosys has acknowledged technical issues in the functioning of the portal. The Income Tax Department is constantly associated with Infosys to expedite resolution of any pending issues. The project is governed by a contract between the Income Tax Department and Infosys Ltd. Any disturbance affecting the terms and conditions of the contract," the minister said.

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