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As a Service Provider Infosys has let down the country: Amitabh Kant, CEO NitiAyog in response to complaints about the mess at MCA21
As complaints continued to come in about companies finding it difficult to use the MCA 21 website and Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Ayog, tweeted that as a service provider, “Infosys has let down the country”. 
 
Amitabh Kant, who has led Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” effort, has always made things happen because he is a bureaucrat who is different. Even as CEO of Niti Ayog, his willingness to go the extra mile and to wade in where needed to cut the red-tape has not diminished and his blunt-speak remains refreshingly intact too. 
 
 
On the other hand, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), which is among the few ministries with no social media presence in the Modi-government, has remained unconcerned about several issues that affect ordinary people as well as professional (mainly Company Secretaries and Chartered Accountants) who have the difficult job of ensuring ‘online’ compliances on a system that has worked in fits and starts since 2013, when Infosys Limited bagged the contract and took over from TCS Ltd. 
 
Three years ago, Infosys tried blaming TCS for the fiasco, mainly through a hint and whisper campaign, but had no answers when Moneylife, which is tracking the issue since then, pointed out that none of the issues were raised during the long ‘handover’ period that lasted several months. 
 
This time too, Infosys, which is touted for its extraordinary management, has decided to brazen it out. Even as people posted screenshots of their problems accessing the site, here is what its communication official, Sarah Vanita Gideon mailed as the official response. “Infosys has upgraded the MCA21 system to run on the SAP platform, which went live on March 27, 2016.  Post the go-live, over 1,183 Indian companies have been incorporated and 1,647 Limited Liability Partnerships have been registered. In addition, since March 27, 2016 there have been more than two lakhs filings.
 
Looking at the data for the week gone by in 2015 during the same week, we had an average of 8,013 filings per day (excluding the weekend) and this week the average was around 9,759 - an increase of more than 20%.
 
As on date, the MCA21 portal is providing stakeholders all the requisite functionality”.
 
She goes on to suggest that people with difficulties probably do not know how to use the new website, and asks them to access “the e-form instruction kit” or look at “Frequently Asked Questions”. The only concession being made by Infosys is this: “During the first few days after migrating to the new system, there were some issues which have been sorted out.  There were some delays in the incorporation of some companies due to holidays. The Ministry has made arrangements to clear the pendency by deploying additional Assessment Officers. This will take around 15 days to get cleared.
 
Meanwhile we would like to state that the system is performing as expected.”
 
Does this mean that people need to get ready for a low-level of functionality and continued difficulties? What else can Infosys mean when it says, “the system is performing as expected”?
 
When we forwarded Infosys’s response to Mr Kant and this is what he had to say:
 
 
Unfortunately however, it is the Secretary, MCA who needs to act against Infosys and react to people’s problems. As we said, even over the weekend, people continued to struggle to access the website. 
 
 
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ramchandran vishwanathan

1 year ago

Infosys must not defend the matter. They must set things right & then clarify as to what the real issue was. I hope Vishal Sikka is listening

Ramesh Poapt

1 year ago

shocking revelation!-if not teething trouble! if TCS n Infosys can't succeed, truth must be something more interesting...A Kant's comments are acidic..and sorry IT state of affairs...TCS facing charges from upcountry...
pharma co.s are getting notices for quality standards....facts seem hidden than apperent...!

Ministry of External Affairs revokes Vijay Mallya's passport

Meanwhile, another controversy has erupted over Mallya’s name in the British voter list and whether this was disclosed in his filings as a member of parliament in the Rajya Sabha

 

Industrialist Vijay Mallya's passport has been revoked after he failed to turn up for a probe into a Rs9,000 crore default of loans from Indian banks, the government said on Sunday, setting in motion the billionaire's possible deportation from Britain. In an unusual view, news of the revocation was tweeted by Mr Vikas Swarup. 
 
"Having considered the replies furnished by Vijay Mallya to the show cause notice, facts brought by Enforcement Directorate and Non-Bailable Warrant under the (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) PMLA Act, 2002 issued by Special Judge, Mumbai, the MEA revoked the passport of Vijay Mallya under Section 10 (3)(c) and 10 (3)(h) of the Passports Act, 1967," Mr Swarup  tweeted.
 
The revocation comes after Mallya ignored at least three summons from the Enforcement Directorate, which has registered cases against the beleaguered Rajya Sabha MP pertaining to his loans and money laundering allegations.
 
Mallya has sought time till May to appear before the agency for questioning. The external affairs ministry earlier suspended his passport and a non-bailable arrest warrant issued after Mallya didn't appear before the agency on April 15.
 
Meanwhile, the Sunday Times of London has reported that Vijay Mallya’s name appears on the electoral rolls in the UK, with his three-storied mansion, Ladywalk, at Hertfordshire as his address. The paper reports Mallya denying any illegality and is quoted as saying, “my official address in the UK is at Ladywalk” and that he has been a British resident since 1992.  The paper further says that the 11.5-million-pound mansion was bought from the father of British F1 champion Lewis Hamilton by a company with offshore links.
 
The report triggered speculation on social media on how much of this had been disclosed in Mallya’s affidavits to parliament and whether there was no bar on foreign residents becoming Members of Parliament in India and availing of the many perks available to them. 
 
The ministry had earlier said that the central government was committed to bringing Mallya back in India to face justice.
 
According to informed sources, the revocation of the passport and the warrant has set the ground for his extradition from Britain. They said the government was also considering issuing a red corner notice by Interpol against Mallya. The notice will make his arrest possible anywhere in the United Kingdom.
 
Mallya was asked to appear in person on March 18, April 2 and April 9. His office has sought time till May, saying he was abroad since March 2.
 
The industrialist is facing a probe over his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, separately by the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He has allegedly defaulted on loans worth Rs7,000 crore from 17 public sector Indian banks.
Kingfisher Airlines currently owes around Rs9,200 crore to the banks. The trouble for the independent Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, known for his lavish lifestyle, began shortly after he launched the airlines in 2005 as the aviation industry slowly started dwindling.
 
Mallya first took loans from IDBI bank in 2006 and in 2009 got loans from a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) for the airline. By 2007, he had spent a huge amount to take over low-cost carrier Air Deccan.
 
By 2010, the business tycoon had run into rough weather and tentatively had a debt of over Rs7,000 crore, which only increased with the passage of time.

 

 
 

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