Rs 600-crore has been allocated for the computerisation programme for Central Board of Customs and Excise (CBEC) over a period of 5 years.
Under this allocation,creation of data centres will be under taken , wide area network connecting 582 buildings and computing facilities at 1,200 offices will be established. The funds will be utilised for implementing Customs Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system at 162 locations and introducing an electronic work flow-based system in central excise and service tax offices.
According to the Finance Minister, P Chidambaram, the proposal would enlarge services offered by CBEC, enhance the scope of existing services and improve the process efficiencies within CBEC. It will also help the CBEC in leveraging new technologies and implementing standards-driven management of infrastructure.