Salil Parekh, whose net worth is pegged to be more than $ 30 million, has been directed to present himself before finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 23 August and explain “why even after 2.5 months since launch of new e-filing portal, glitches in the portal have not been resolved.”
The Ministry of Finance further pointed out that the portal has crashed and remained offline since 21 August.
The new and improved income tax portal went live on 7 June but its launch has been marred by frequent glitches. Taking note of the grievances voiced on social media by taxpayers, tax professionals and other stakeholders, the Finance Minister had earlier flagged the issues to the developer, Infosys, calling upon the company to address these concerns.
On 22 June, Finance Ministry reportedly had summoned Infosys officials to a meeting to discuss the glitches in the new income tax portal and seek suggestions from other shareholders to fix them. In the meeting, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) representatives pointed out the issues taxpayers and tax professionals face on the portal.
Earlier this week, Sitharaman had said that glitches are expected to be resolved in two-three weeks.
“The glitches on the new Income are expected to be fixed entirely in the next two-three weeks. I have been reminding Infosys constantly, and Nandan Nilekani is giving me assurances that they will sort it out,” she said.
During the monsoon session, Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary had informed the Parliament in a written reply that from January 2019 till June 2021, Infosys has been paid Rs.164.5 crore to develop the portal.