Saturday, 1 October 2016


Project Saksham:

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) under the  chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved ‘Project SAKSHAM’. The Project SAKSHAM is a New Indirect Tax Network (Systems Integration) of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). It seeks to bolster the information technology network for the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime that the Union Government intends to roll out from 1st April 2017.
The Project SAKSHAM will help in Integration of CBEC IT systems with the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN). Extension of Indian Customs Single Window Interface for Facilitating Trade (SWIFT) Other taxpayer-friendly initiatives under Digital India and Ease of Doing Business of CBEC
With the implementation of GST, the Union government expects the number of taxpayers under indirect tax laws to increase to about 65 lakh from the current 36 lakh.
CBEC’s IT systems need to integrate with the GSTN for processing of registration, payment and returns data sent by GSTN systems to CBEC.
It will also act as a front-end for other modules like audit, appeal and investigation. However, there is no overlap in the GST-related systems of GSTN and CBEC.
IT infrastructure is also required for continuation of CBEC’s e-services in customs, central excise and service tax, implementation of taxpayer services, extension of SWIFT initiative and integration with government initiatives such as e-Taal, e-Nivesh and e-Sign.

The Main Highlights  of the Project ‘SAKSHAM’ are:
  • Expansion of the Indian Customs Single Window Interface for Facilitating Trade (SWIFT)
  • Implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST),
  • Ease of Doing Business of Central Board of Excise and Customs and taking important initiatives under Digital India

It is important for the implementation of the GST as the project will ensure the work of the CBEC’s IT systems before the deadline. The necessary upgrades will be carried out while maintaining the pace with the existing Tax-payer services in the country.
After the roll out of GST Law all importers/exporters/taxpayers administered by the CBEC will go over 65 lakhs from the existing figure of about 36 lakhs.
The CBEC’s IT systems will be eventually integrated with the Goods & Services Tax Network (GSTN) for payment and returns, registrations, GSTN Data transfer to CBEC and other modules such as Investigation, Audit and Appeal. No chances of overlap in the CBEC and GSTN.
For the continuation of CBEC’s e-Services in Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax, implementation of tax¬payer services, the IT infrastructure is required for accomplishing several tasks like scanning document, uploading, extension of Indian Customs Single Window Interface for Facilitating Trade (SWIFT) initiative and collaboration with government aided initiatives such as e-sign, E-Taal, E-Nivesh, etc.

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