Ludhiana: On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday, e-Office was launched in Central GST Zone, Chandigarh, beginning with Jalandhar GST Commissionerate which has now been turned into a paperless office. With this feat, Chandigarh has become the first zone of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) to implement e-Office, an application developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to carry out office work online in a paperless environment.
E-Office is a mission mode project under the National e-Governance Plan of the Government of India. The application will also enable taxpayers, trade and industry to obtain immediate acknowledgement by mail and SMS of their communications. A paperless office will also promote conservation of trees by saving on paper and files required for office work.
Giving more information, Manoranjan Kaur Virk, chief commissioner of central GST and central excise zone Chandigarh which has jurisdiction over states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and UT of Chandigarh, said, “It is a major step in Swachhta Action plan for the zone and this e-office application is designed with an objective to establish a paperless environment in government offices, increase efficiency, transparency, effectiveness, employee convenience and accountability and to give better services to the taxpayers.”
Kaur also added, “It was observed that while substantial digitization had been undertaken in various processes in interface with taxpayers both in the customs and the GST, internal office procedures continued to be undertaken through physical files. Therefore, it was felt imperative to transform this area of work as well by launching e-Office. It is targeted to be launched in all Commissionerates of Chandigarh GST Zone by December, 2018, so that we usher in the next year in a totally electronic office environment”
Chief commissioner also said that the implementation of e-Office in the zone in a short time has been possible only because of support provided by the Punjab government for hosting of the application in their state data centre, a sterling example of the Centre-state cooperation.
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