Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The EPCES implements PMO’s vision of ‘Digital India’


PUNE: With a view to better and effectively serve all its pan-india based members, Export Promotion Council of India SEZ and EOU (EPCES) has launched a new membership software application https://membership.epces.in. The key highlight of the new IT framework, a first of its kind initiative ever introduced by EPCES is that showcases a membership dashboard that would henceforth make it very convenient for EPCES members to digitally interact with the EPCES. 

In addition to not just contributing to the cause of a paper-free green environment and  providing a better, user friendly interface that offers easy access to information, the new system would also facilitate faster data collection for survey and feedback on policies. Backed by this enhanced IT capability, the EPCES envisions a reduction in the delays in paperwork from an earlier norm of 20 days to 2 hours hereon.

Fully secured with latest encryption technologies, the new system would be instrumental in facilitating tasks such as renewing their membership, applying for new membership or to downloading their membership certificates i.e. RCMC online – all now made available at the click of a mouse, accessible from any corner of the country. The new enrolments and renewals for the year 2018-19 will hence do away with any paper application of any kind. Step by step tutorials are also made available on the membership link for the benefit of SEZ/EOU fraternity.

Terming the current Govt’s push on the Digital India mission, the key inspiration behind the industry body’s unique initiative, Dr. Vinay Sharma, Officiating Chairman EPCES said, “Digitization is the need of the hour and the PMO has rightly identified its critical role. In today’s times of cut-throat competition, the industry needs to save on precious time and this endeavour aimed at reducing time lag in availing various facilities is a much-needed step towards actualizing a better ecosystem, one with an enhanced ease of doing business in its truest sense.”

Henceforth, on receipt of any payment now made digitally by any EPCES member the EPCES accounts department after confirming the receipt of the same, would share a computer generated receipt and an invoice with the SEZ member in question. Following this, once the complete details of the member/SEZ unit and required documents are uploaded, the same will be then verified.

Thereafter, the member would receive an email alert stating that their membership certificate is ready and available for further downloading. Highlighting the utility of the move, Dr. Vinay Sharma added: “A proper digitalization plan can help reinvent processes, improve quality and promote consistency. Together with these objectives, our this endeavour is aimed at saving paper, environment, hassles of posting the applications, precious time of Development Commissioner’s office in accepting and forwarding applications, speedy issue of the certificate and, moreover, keeping data in digital format for easy reference and re-call.

This will also help the members in timely submission of their claims for exemption, concessions and duty drawback from the Government.” There are approximately 7000 EOUs, SEZ and SEZ Developers across the country, out of which approximately 3000 EOUs, SEZ Units and SEZ Developers are enrolled with EPCES. Earlier, members used to submit their applications with either the office of the Development Commissioner or at EPCES Head office or EPCES Regional Office and the whole procedure, right from collection of papers, followed by their due scrutiny by various concerned offices till the ultimate issuance of membership certificate used to take approximately 15 to 20 days. Now, with the new Membership Software Application in place, the time taken for such tasks would be reduced significantly.


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