Andhra Pradesh has been ahead of other states when it comes to IT technology. The PDS system in the state has become accessible to most of the people because of the technology reaching to one and all, says Peeyush Kumar, Secretary, Finance, Government of Andhra Pradesh, in an Interview with Arpit Gupta of Elets News Network (ENN).
What is the Comprehensive Financial Management System (CFMS) and how is it helping the Government of Andhra Pradesh in data visualisation?
The Comprehensive Finance Management System is an end-to-end IT solution for all finance approvals starting from the budget sanction to the budget release order to actual utilisation to the payment of bill system. Many states have their own integrated finance systems but those are not as comprehensive as CFMS. They are not end-to-end in the manner in which Andhra Pradesh has designed CFMS. Government of India also has the Public Finance Management System (PFMS) but that too falls short of what we can do in the CFMS. In CFMS, what we have done is that we have made all the departments as user groups, both for the budgeting exercise and for the payments, on a single platform. So, all the DDOs and the account officers are also on the main system. For Direct Benefit Transfer also it is integrated using the MPCI system, then linking with the PFMS and linking with E-kuber of the RBI. It is a comprehensive financial solution.
What efforts have been initiated to improve tax collection in the state?
A tax collection system usually depends on the drive and larger the tax base and compliance the better it is. With Government of India introducing GST, the entire effort has been to provide IT platform to various businesses to file their Returns. At each stage all the billing systems are getting automated. Andhra Pradesh has been ahead from other states since the initial stage itself. In the last 20 years, we have taken a lead in IT, so we were in better position
to implement the Government of India’s initiatives in so far as GST is concerned. Besides that we have also integrated other things like Excise with the IT— thanks to the CFMS. So, now all tax collection is directly coming to the treasury due to this end-to-end solution.
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