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Punjab Government Selects Wipro for Deploying Tax Management System for Department of Excise and Taxation

Bangalore, India - June 14, 2011: Wipro Infotech, the India, Middle East and Africa, IT Business unit  of Wipro Ltd and a leading provider of IT and business transformation services announced today that it has been selected by the Department of Excise & Taxation, Government of Punjab to deploy the Tax Management System across the State. Wipro will also manage the solution for a period of five years.

The Excise & Taxation Department is one of the major revenue collecting agencies in the State. It plays an important role in the fiscal structure of the State. There are 23 tax districts in Punjab for which there are about 100 offices at all levels. The revenue is collected in the shape of various levies such as Taxes, Excise duties and fees etc. The department had proposed a scheme for computerization of Sales Tax procedures in July, 2000. To implement this, the Government created an autonomous body called Excise and Taxation Technical Services Agency (ETTSA). ETTSA selected Wipro to deploy and manage the solution for the Department of Excise and Taxation, Punjab.

The genesis of the proposed project is rooted in the desire of the Department for effective and efficient discharge of its functions to its taxpayers as well as to its internal staff. Taking its IT maturity to the next level and with an aim to improve upon its business processes, resolve the bottlenecks of the existing system and to ensure end-to-end visibility of each and every Tax process, the Department has embarked on this key initiative.

As part of the scope, Wipro will be responsible for design, implementation and management of IT infrastructure and outsourced transaction processing along with other support activities. This includes procurement, deployment, operations and maintenance of the Department’s IT Infrastructure at various project locations as well as  data migration, setting up of various front windows, training, helpdesk  and maintenance activities. Migration of the application and data as required for implementation of GST is also a part of the project.

Wipro would also undertake design, development, customization, testing and rollout of the Application Software across the state including support for a period of 5 years. The engagement includes migration of the application and data to the new Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime when it is rolled out nationally.

Speaking on the occasion, Vivek Sharma, General Manager and Business Head, Government and Defence Vertical, Wipro said, "We are delighted to be partnering with the Punjab Government to further the cause of e-governance. We plan to deploy IT systems and services that are extremely robust, scalable and flexible to ensure efficient payment and collection of taxes across the state."

Wipro was chosen after a rigorous techno-commercial selection process which saw top IT firms contesting for the deal. Wipro was finally selected based on its technical expertise and commercial proposition.

About Wipro Infotech
Wipro Infotech, a division of the US $7 billion Wipro Limited, provides enterprise customers with high value Information Technology Products, Software Services, Solutions and Consulting Services in India and the Middle East. Headquartered at Bangalore, Wipro Infotech serves customers in India through a network of 22 offices and 170 service locations across the country. It also has regional offices across the Middle East serving the region.

About Wipro Ltd
Wipro Limited provides comprehensive IT solutions and services, including systems integration, information systems outsourcing, IT enabled services, package implementation, software application development and maintenance, and research and development services to corporations globally. Wipro Limited is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services Company globally. In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services. In the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations. Wipro also has profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. Wipro's ADSs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock Exchange - Mumbai, and the National Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit our website at www.wipro.com.

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