- Sunil Ambekar said the opinions expressed are not from RSS, but from the author
- He said Infosys is an important contributor to India’s progress
- He said RSS should not be associated with the views expressed in the article
BJP’s ideological mentor RSS has distanced himself from a piece published in his mouthpiece panchjanya who questioned whether there could be an “anti-national” conspiracy behind glitches on India’s tax filing websites operated by information technology giant Infosys Ltd.
In the latest issue of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) spokesperson, a four-page cover about the Bengaluru-based company founded by Narayana Murthy asked whether “anti-national power is trying to harm India’s economic interests”.
Today, RSS spokesman Sunil Ambekar tweeted that the views expressed in the piece are not the organization’s, but the author’s.
“As an Indian company, Infosys is making a significant contribution to the advancement of India. There may be some issues related to the portal operated by Infosys, but the article published in this context in panchjanya are the personal views of the author and are not the views of panchjanya‘ said Mr Ambekar.
“Therefore, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh should not be associated with the views expressed in the article,” he said.
भारतीय कंपनी के नाते इंफोसिस का भारत की उन्नति में महत्वपूर्ण योगदान है।इंफोसिस संचालित पोर्टल को लेकर कुछ मुद्दे हो सकते परंतु पान्चजन्य में इस संदर्भ में प्रकाशित लेख के अपने व्यक्तिगत विचार हैं,तथा पांचजन्य संघ का मुखपत्र नहीं है।@editorvskbharat
— Sunil Ambekar (@SunilAmbekarM) September 5, 2021
Last month, in a meeting with Infosys CEO Salil Parekh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman expressed “deep disappointment” over ongoing problems with the new income tax portal set up by the company and gave him until September 15 to resolve all issues.
The Infosys CEO was “called for” after the portal closed two days in a row. The finance minister had underlined the government’s and taxpayer’s concerns about ongoing problems even two and a half months after the launch of the website – which, the minister also pointed out, had also been delayed. Ms. Sitharaman asked Infosys to explain the “repeated problems” taxpayers face.
The article in panchjanya said that due to malfunctions in both Infosys-developed goods and services tax (GST) and income tax filing websites, “taxpayers’ confidence in the country’s economy has been dented. Is it that anti-national forces through Infosys try Indian economic interests?”
However, the article said it has no evidence to support its theories, but alleged Infosys has been accused in the past of helping “Naxalites, leftists and tucking-tucking gangs,” reports PTI news agency.
panchjanya editor Hitesh Shankar said Infosys is a big company and it handles critical government projects because of its credibility. “The failures of these tax portals are of national concern and those responsible for them must be held accountable,” Mr Shankar said, PTI reported.