CBI should probe Infosys for shoddy GST work, demands CAIT

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 03, 2017 16:52 hrs
GST (Reuters image)

A traders association has sought a CBI probe into the glitches of GST network, and suggested that India's second largest technology services firm is to be blamed.

Infosys bagged the deal to impelement the backbone for GST in 2015. The deal, a whopping Rs 1,380 crore deal was won through a tender procedure. Infosys in a statement shrugged off the allegations, while suggesting that these allegations remained "completely false".

The association, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in a statement suggested that it remained "disgusted" with the "poor and dismal performance" of the GSTN portal.

Infosys, which had designed the portal, was the entity that CAIT blamed.

CAIT also questioned the conditions upon which a project as large as GST was awarded to companies. A CBI probe would also reveal the negligence on the part of technology companies.

An official from CAIT said that the portal functioned as an experiment, although it should have been kept ready from July 1. The system-down-times have resulted in harrasment for traders.

With more than three years, and an infusion of nearly Rs 1400 crore, the portal has produced "no results".

Traders have been trying to file for GST returns for the month of July in November, and now the extension has been extended to Novembor 30.

Infosys on its part said that the GSTN system has so far handled nearly 37 crore invoices while the system could handle an upper limit of 320 invoices every month.

The system is yet to see all taxpayers use the system. 70 lakh taxpayers have been migrated to the system, and 29 lakh new payers have been registered recently. But the number still is far according to several news reports.

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