Fast Track­ing Smart In­dia

Dataquest - - DIGITAL ENTERPRISE | COVER STORY - he key here is the word ‘Smart’. You can ei­ther say, fast-track­ing In­dia and when you in­sert ‘smart’ the whole game changes. We are an en­abler of ICT, and we have adopted a smart busi­ness ap­proach for the cre­ation of a smart dig­i­tal In­dia. The de­liv­ery of

PRAKASH KU­MAR CEO, GST Net­work

The GST Sys­tem Pro­ject is a unique and com­plex IT ini­tia­tive. It is unique as it seeks, for the first time, to es­tab­lish a uni­form in­ter­face for the tax­payer and a com­mon and shared IT in­fra­struc­ture be­tween the Cen­tre and states. In­te­grat­ing 36 dis­parate sys­tems, which were at dif­fer­ent lev­els of ma­tu­rity would have been too com­plex. Be­sides GST be­ing a destination-based tax, in­ter­state trade of goods and ser­vices (IGST) would need a ro­bust set­tle­ment mech­a­nism amongst the states and the Cen­tre This is pos­si­ble only when there is a strong IT in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vice back­bone which en­ables cap­ture, pro­cess­ing and ex­change of in­forma- tion amongst the stake­hold­ers (in­clud­ing tax­pay­ers, states and cen­tral gov­ern­ment, ac­count­ing of­fices, banks and RBI).

In view of the sen­si­tiv­ity of the in­for­ma­tion avail­able, the gov­ern­ment has strate­gic con­trol over the agency. Keep­ing these re­quire­ments in view, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia and state gov­ern­ments cre­ated goods and ser­vices tax net­work (GSTN), a spe­cial pur­pose ve­hi­cle as non-gov­ern­ment, not-for-profit com­pany where Cen­tre holds 24.5% shares and all states col­lec­tively hold 24.5%. The re­main­ing shares are held by five pri­vate fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions. This struc­ture brings flex­i­bil­ity of pri­vate sec­tor with strate­gic con­trol of the gov­ern­ment.

The num­ber of re­turns filed each month has not crossed 70 lakh though the num­ber of tax pay­ers

reg­is­tered with the GSTN has crossed one crore (64 lakh ear­lier in­di­rect tax­pay­ers who mi­grated to GST and 38 lakh new reg­is­trants). Out of over one crore reg­is­tered tax­pay­ers, around 18 lakh are un­der com­po­si­tion scheme, who have to file quar­terly re­turns. 63 lakh re­turns were filed in July, 67 lakh in Au­gust and 69 lakh in Septem­ber. From there own­wards, the num­ber of re­turns filed has started com­ing down - 65 lakh in Oc­to­ber, 64 lakh in Novem­ber and 63 lakh in De­cem­ber.

PVG MENON Former Pres­i­dent, IESA

Do not just man­u­fac­ture prod­ucts. Cre­ate a value propo­si­tion. The ESDM sec­tor is chang­ing and IoT will re­shape man­u­fac­tur­ing - be it a chip, ma­chin­ery or any such prod­uct. The in­dus­try needs to ac­cept this change pos­i­tively and walk hand-in­hand. There is no prod­uct left un­touched by In­dia - be it em­bed­ding the chips or cre­at­ing a com­plete de­sign. In­dia has a ma­jor role to play in man­u­fac­tur­ing. It’s time to shift from ‘Make in In­dia’ to ‘De­sign in In­dia’.

The fab is a highly strate­gic game changer for In­dia. The coun­try will leapfrog by sev­eral years in the de­vel­op­ment of indige­nous elec­tronic prod­ucts and help in de­vel­op­ing the lo­cal semi­con­duc­tor in­dus­try. The pres­ence of a lo­cal fab in In­dia would boost the coun­try’s capability to build IP as­sets. We be­lieve that in terms of its im­pact and im­pli­ca­tions, the fab must be treated on par with In­dia’s in­vest­ments in her space and nu­clear pro­grams.

AB­HAY SAVAR­GAONKAR Group CTO, Air­tel

We have suc­cess­fully con­ducted In­dia’s first 5G net­work trial un­der a test set up at our sta­teof-the-art Net­work Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre in Mane­sar (Gur­gaon). The setup demon­strates high spec­tral ef­fi­ciency and po­ten­tial for di­ver­si­fied ser­vices such as IoT and AR/VR, which can be de­liv­ered by 5G tech­nol­ogy to serve a dig­i­tally con­nected world.

This is small but a very sig­nif­i­cant step in our journey to­wards 5G. The prom­ise of 5G is end­less, it will be a game changer and, it will change the way we live, work and en­gage. We are mov­ing quickly to be­gin col­lab­o­ra­tion to­wards 5G in­ter­op­er­abil­ity and de­vel­op­ment test­ing (IODT) based on the 3GPP R15 stan­dards. We look for­ward to work closely with our part­ners for de­vel­op­ing a ro­bust 5G ecosys­tem in In­dia.

One es­sen­tial route that needs to be fol­lowed by In­dian busi­nesses to fast track Smart Cities is through col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween them­selves. Savar­gaonkar cited an in­stance of how 6 dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies from dif­fer­ent busi­ness streams and facets col­lab­o­rated with each other for the South Korea Win­ter Olympics to em­pha­size his point. In­dia needs to start on this journey right now. In ad­di­tion what will be re­quired as an es­sen­tial pil­lar for Smart Cities is the avail­abil­ity of sub-GHz spec­trum for pen­e­tra­tion and con­nec­tiv­ity lev­els to im­prove.

GAU­RAV AGRAWAL Head – Cloud & Man­aged Ser­vices, Sify Tech­nolo­gies

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(L to R) Ab­hay Savar­gaonkar, Group CTO, Air­tel; PVG Menon, former Pres­i­dent, IESA; Prakash Ku­mar, CEO, GST Net­work and Gau­rav Agrawal, Head – Cloud & Man­aged Ser­vices, Sify Tech­nolo­gies

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