Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke to Infosys, 'Remove the flaws of the new income tax portal on priority'

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke to Infosys, 'Remove the flaws of the new income tax portal on priority'

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ( Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman) Infosys (Tuesday Infosys) said that should be plugged coming new portal of the IT department immediately. On the other hand, the major company in the software sector assured that five technical glitches, including viewing the previous ITR, increasing the electronic-process, are expected to be resolved within a week. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held a review meeting with the officials of Infosys regarding the working of the new portal regarding the technical difficulties being faced in the new Income Tax E-filing Portal . The portal was released on June 7 and has been facing technical issues since then.

In over 700 emails received in the last few days by various stakeholders, the Finance Ministry had pointed out more than 2,000 deficiencies in the new portal. In these, 90 problems related to the new portal were specifically mentioned. The new e-portal of the Income Tax Department has been prepared by Infosys. Along with Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, Revenue Secretary Tarun Bajaj, CBDT Chairman Jagannath Mohapatra and other senior officials of the Finance Ministry were also present in the meeting. During this, point-wise discussions were held with the officials of Infosys regarding the problems being faced in the new Income Tax e-portal.

According to an official statement issued after the meeting, the Finance Minister asked Infosys to make the income tax portal more practical and simple. Sitaraman expressed deep concern about the various problems being faced by the users in the new portal. He said that the portal should give better experience to the taxpayers. During the meeting, Infosys CEO Salil Parekh and Chief Operating Officer Pravin Rao along with other officials of the company took note of the issues raised by various stakeholders. Accepting the technical issues coming in the working of the portal, he apprised about the efforts being made to solve them and the latest status.

Convinced the government about technical issues

Infosys assured the government about the remaining technical issues that their team is working on it and informed about the possible deadline for completion of the work. Besides representatives of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP), 10 tax professionals also participated in the meeting.

This new portal of the Income Tax Department was started on June 7 but since that day many flaws have come to the fore. It is taking more login time, problem in issuance of OTP for Aadhaar verification and Income Tax returns of previous years are also not available in it. In a statement issued after the meeting, ICAI said that it has been asked to continue to provide necessary information and support to CBDT and Infosys for speedy resolution of the issues in this regard.

The new e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department was introduced on June

The new e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department www.incometax.gov.in was introduced on June 7. Common income tax payers can also use this tax portal to file their annual returns. In this, the return can be filed in the assessment year 2021-22 for the income earned in the financial year 2020-21. The last date for filing returns for individual income tax payers is September 30. Earlier in the annual general meeting of Infosys, top company executives on Saturday said they are working on resolving the issues and have found success in some cases.


The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center has no plans to have a neutral agency like the CBI probe the recent clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border , but is trying to resolve the dispute peacefully at the earliest. Two top government officials said that the central government does not want to take any such decision which will worsen the situation.

He said that the central government wants a peaceful solution to the current border dispute between Assam and Mizoram and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in constant touch with both the Chief Ministers- Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Zoramthanga (Mizoram). Zoramthanga also tweeted, "I still hope for an amicable solution to the Assam-Mizoram tension from the Center."

He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim in his tweet. At the same time, the Chief Minister of Assam said in his tweet, "Our main objective is to keep the spirit of the Northeast alive. What happened on the Assam-Mizoram border is unacceptable to the people of both the states. The border dispute can be resolved only through discussion.

The clash took place on 26 July

Asked whether the probe into the July 26 clash was likely to be handed over to a neutral agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), both the top government officials said no decision has been taken in this regard yet. Five Assam policemen and a civilian were killed and more than 50 people were injured in the clash. Apart from this, neither state of Assam or Mizoram has made any formal request for a neutral agency to conduct an inquiry, he said.

One of these officials said, "Both the state governments are cooperating and the central government is confident that there will be no more clashes on the border." FIRs have been registered against political leaders, police and civil administration officials. Both the government officials mentioned the steps taken to reduce tension along the Assam-Mizoram border.

On July 28, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla.

The Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of both the states participated in a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on July 28 in which it was decided to deploy a neutral force (CRPF) at the conflict site. Earlier, the two chief secretaries had met in a bilateral meeting in Delhi. After this, the central government issued an advisory to both the states asking them to maintain peace on the inter-state border. Both officials said the July 26 violence was a "sporadic" incident and such incidents are unlikely to happen again in future.