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West Bengal
The West Bengal State Centre (NIC-WBSC) of the National Informatics Centre(NIC) has been actively involved in promotion and penetration of Information Technology towards E-Governance at the State and District Administration levels in line with the national mandate of NIC. During the last two decades, the NIC has developed and implemented several Information systems and Information and Communications Technology(ICT) applications covering a host of important Departments of the State and Central Government. The Information systems developed and implemented during late eighties and early nineties of the last century have evolved into ICT applications during late nineties with the advancement in and availability of technology. Citizen centric applications, service delivery systems and E-Governance applications being the present demand of the user community and so also of the administration, NIC-WBSC has gone ahead with development of citizen centric and service oriented systems. The result of this effort is demonstrated by a number of systems that are in operation in various Departments.

NIC-WBSC has proactively associated itself in the Mission Mode Projects(MMP) National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) of the Government of India for their implementation in the Government of West Bengal. The state Government has selected 15 Departments for the NeGP implementation and created as many Project e-Governance Mission Teams(PeMT). It is also decided by a high level committee of the state government that ICT consultants shall be engaged to carry out the tasks of study, analysis, development, implementation and post-implementation support on a mission mode basis. While NIC-WBSC is nominated as a technical member in all the PeMTs to assess, evaluate and monitor the progress of NeGP implementation, NIC-WBSC is chosen as an ICT consultant for seven of the Departments.

Although NIC-WBSC has extended support in almost all the important Departments of the state Government, a lot more remains to be done. What has been done so far is picking up selected important services of a Department for e-delivery of them and a good degree of success is achieved. The target is now to introduce E-Governance in true sense keeping all the aspects of service models G2C, G2G, G2E, G2B and the interoperability framework in view. After all an integrated web based software to e-deliver all the mandated departmental services including payment gateway (wherever applicable), RTI compliance, complaint redressal etc. should be there in place.

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  • e-Service on Central Declaration Forms
    • A section of priority dealers already enrolled for e-services are selected for this e-Service. He authenticates himself with the user id and password and also confirms his address of communication recorded with the Directorate. If it does not match with his business premises, he requires to get it rectified. On confirmation of address he is lead to the core area of this service. Here he can apply, file utilization of forms previously used electronically, cancel the application filed, view status of his application etc.

      Requisition for all the 5 types of central declaration forms namely, C, F, EI, EII and H can be filed. At least 90% of previously used forms to be utilized before any new requisition are filed.

      The forms are used on the basis of requisition and the interstate purchase/transfer etc are verified from the electronically filed return. The issued forms are dispatched to the dealer through courier at their business address.

      Dealers do not require to visit the office for any forms to be issued bringing in a great degree of transparency into the system. Total turn around time has been eliminated in respect of dealer.

      Utilization data could not be utilized when dealers used to file their statement in paper form. Now it is very easy to analyze all such data. The e-Service was inaugurated on 01/01/09.

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  • e-Filing of CST Return
    • Dealers are issued with user-id and password as in case of VAT return with the exception that the dealers uses the same user id and password if he is already filing VAT return electronically. It also follows the same procedure as described in case of VAT return.

      Dealers file their CST return along with all the required annexure. The return filing is quarterly in West Bengal. Nearly 15000 dealers are brought under this e-Service facility so far.

      Dealers benefits by filing return electronically from their office premises without visiting Commercial tax office, by avoiding standing in a long queue. They can submit their revised return also by using the same facility. It improves the transparency into the system.

      As the information are collected from the first source that is the dealer itself and in-built scrutiny scripted in the filing system, the data is more authentic and error free. The data analysis and information generation is more transparent. Inter-state sale-purchase, adjustment of tax with VAT return etc are easily done and the reports are at the finger tips of the officer for better monitoring and enforcement of tax compliance. It is also easy to get list of dealers who has defaulted and take appropriate action in time. It has also brought in more discipline in filing of return and enforcement of late fee for delayed filing. Thus it also contributes in revenue generation. Electronic filing of CST return commenced on 01/07/08.

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  • Port Operations and Management System for Ennore Port
    •       Ennore being one of the youngest ports in the eastern sea coast has still been virgin so far as implementation of enterprise ICT based operations are concerned. It has been possible for EPL to jump start and be in line with the main stream PCS driven services. EPL being a landlord port with very limited but efficient manpower, it has been able to improve the quality of services in terms of delivery time, correctness of information with increased business transactions using POMS system.

      POMS of Ennore Port Limited consisting of the following sub-systems:

      • Vessel Management
      • Cargo Management
      • Billing
      • PCS/EDI message Integration with POMS

      The POMS for EPL is turn-key project for system study, software development and customization and implementation is at Ennore Port Office at Chennai. NIC has developed fully integrated web-based application software package for Ennore Port Limited (EPL) comprising of On-line activities of its operational departments namely Marine, Traffic and Finance departments. It is also tightly integrated with Port Community System (PCS) including Customs-Port EDI system.

      POMS at EPL comprises of Three-tier web-enable environments with Oracle Database system. At the middle tier WebSphere Application Servers and Crystal Clear plus Servers have been used for deployment of Java-based web applications and reports respectively. The primary server is also replicated to a Disaster Recovery System located at EPL Corporate Office 30 kms apart from the Operational Office

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  • Information Management and Promotion of Administration in Commercial taxes (IMPACT)
    • The Directorate of Commercial Taxes administers and collects sales tax from the registered dealers. The directorate has a number of offices delegated with the powers of Commissioner situated all across the State. Charge Offices are the lower level functional units for smooth administration and monitoring of activities of the directorate. Charge offices report to respective circle offices. A number of Check-Posts along the border (inter-state or otherwise) are opened for vigilance over shipping of goods across border. These offices are supervised by range offices.

      A comprehensive database for the Directorate of Commercial Taxes has been prepared which has improved revenue administration and enhanced revenue collection. The developed application software is capable of handling online operations at all levels viz. check post, Charge Office, Circle Office, District Office, Range and Head Office. Registration, Revenue administration, Return filing and processing, Assessment, Monitoring of Goods Movement including import into the state and transit of goods using the state as corridor, Central Declaration forms issue and utilization are some of the vital operations performed by IMPACT.

      An interface has been built to compile and upload information to TINXSYS (tax information exchange system, a central government project).

      The Directorate also has a website http://wbcomtax.nic.in. Along with all static information on rules, Acts, Trade Circulars download facility for forms are also available. Dynamic information like TIN verification, Central Forms issue, Return defaulters lists, Lists of dealers selected for assessment etc are also available.

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  • e-Filing of VAT Return
    • Potential dealers are selected for e-Services. These dealers are issued with user-id and password. They logs in from their internet facility by these usrid and password. On maiden access, the dealer is compelled to changed his password. Dealer downloads the user manual, and Forms to fill up, enters data offline. Generates XML file. Again logs in and uploads the files containing data. Acknowledgement is printed for future reference. At present nearly 20,000 dealers are covered under this service. It covers almost the dealers contributing 65% of total revenue collected by the Commercial Tax, West Bengal. This has been made as the basic requirement for availing other e-services on issue of Waybills etc. Dealer is benefited by not visiting the directorate for return filing. The days of waiting in along queue has gone past. He can submit revised return using the same facility. Directorate can generate mismatch report on purchase of a dealer with the corresponding sale of the other dealer. Scrutiny for mathematical calculation is no more required as the software is scripted with this and dealer is allowed to file return successfully only when everything is correct. Even the tax credit carried forward is verified with the brought forward of tax credit in previous quarter. Input-output ratio, identification of un-registered dealer liable to take registration etc and many more analytical reports are obtained easily. The electronic filing of VAT return started from 01/01/08.

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  • VAHAN and SARATHI
    • Transport Department, Government of West Bengal is administering its activities through its 19 District Transport Offices (RTOs), 7 Additional Regional Transport Offices (ARTOs) at sub-divisional levels and having its headquarter for State Transport Department (STD) in Writers Building, Kolkata. A pilot project on the implementation of VAHAN and SARATHI application software was designed and customized by the NIC in July 2004 for the Public Vehicles Department (PVD), Kolkata. The successful implementation of this pilot project has prompted the department to roll-out the computerization programme for all its offices spread over the state. At present VAHAN is operational at 19 Offices and SARATHI is operational at 9 sites. The building/civil infrastructure for hosting the computerized centres is being made ready from the budget of the State Government. Moreover, minimum level of computer hardware/software to kick-start the project in other districts is being procured from the state government funds. However, funding from Government of India for IT hardware and infrastructure will give the necessary fillip to the programme. The present project is for obtaining the required assistance from Government of India so that computerization can be done at the optimal level in West Bengal

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  • Computerization of Salary Accounts(COSA)
    • COSA, ensures accuracy and timeliness in the generation of Pay Bills, Schedules and other Annexure required for producing Salary Bills of the establishments of Government Departments. The salient feature of COSA is that it neither needs any DBMS engine to be installed in the user machine nor any sort of Programming/Reporting Software tool nor hence proved to be a cost-effective solution in conformation with the policy of NIC in implementing E-Governance in the Government Offices. COSA is running suceessfully in around 2000+ DDO offices in West Bengal.

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  • xPERT (Excise Program for Effective Revenue Tracking)
    •  xPERT is an web-based system involving all activities of the Excise Department of the State Government. It involves in the creation, storage, analysis, dissemination and use of information to monitor the day-to-day activities of the Excise Directorate, Government of West Bengal. The entire system will be used by the State Government and Excise Officials at various levels, all the Licensees including Bottlers, Distilleries, Bonds, Trades and Retail shops, SBI personnel (Revenue collection agency on behalf of Excise Department) and Consumers, Applicants for licenses and members of the public. Pilot Implementation with respect to Generation of Passes and Permits has been completed in Kolkata South, Kolkata North and Burdwan West Excise District covering the following activities :

      • Label Registration
      • Grant of License, Transport Pass, Import Permits & Export Passes
      • Online Tracking of Status of different processes viz. Grant of License,Transport Pass, Import Permit and Export Passes

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  • e-Service on Waybill
    • State statutory form called Waybill is used in West Bengal for import of goods from other state in India or elsewhere. Waybills are issued to dealer on request as per rule. The e-Service for waybill includes application in electronic form, Submission of utilization of the forms issued against electronic issue. A dealer can apply for more waybill only after submission of at least 50% utilization of waybill issued earlier. A section of dealers submit electronic return is selected for this electronic service following other prescribed criterion set by the Directorate. They use their existing user id and password. Each dealer may apply for waybill twice in a quarter for a total number of waybill not exceeding 50% of his maximum eligibility for the financial year. He receives an application on successful submission of application. Waybills are issued and dispatched to the dealer through courier. Dealers do not require to visit the office for waybill bringing in a great degree of transparency into the system. Turn around time is eliminated completely. The utilization data for waybill is also available with the directorate. This are further matched with the waybill endorsement data captured at the entry point, check post of the state. The e-Service on waybill commenced on 01/02/09.

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  • Port Operationsand Management System POMS of Kolkata Port Trust
    • Utilizing the knowledge of Haldia, NIC/NICSI had customized, developed and implemented the POMS project for operational activities for Kolkata Dock System (KDS). It has the following modules:

      • Vessel Management for Kolkata Port Trust as a whole
      • Cargo Management for Liquid, Bulk and Break-bulk cargo
      • Container Management including Yard Planning & Management. Container movement capture using mobile devices
      • Container Freight Station (CFS) ? Store Planning, De-stuffing operation
      • Railway Operations Management including Wagon movement, Commercial activities and Railway Billing
      • Berth Management ? Including Equipment Management, Labour Management, Incentive, Accident information etc.
      • Revenue Collection and Billing and its interfacing with existing Accounting System of KoPT
      • PCS/EDI message Integration with POMS
      • Technical Environment: 3-tier Architecture, JSF-based User Interface, EJB2.1

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