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The crack team: Those who made GST a reality

The brains behind GST

The brains behind GST

From former economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das, who laid the foundation of the GST, to finance minister Arun Jaitley, who piloted the tax reform initiative during the last three years, the Goods and Services Tax was shaped by the involvement of several men and women in the highest echelons of power.

Here's a look at the team which helped usher in the landmark fiscal reform:

Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister

Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister

Jaitley piloted the GST legislations, including amendment to Constitution, in the last three years and as first chairman of the GST Council, comprising the union and state finance ministers. He insisted on consensus on all decisions, even if it meant postponing it till the next meeting.

Vanaja S Sarna, CBEC Chairperson

Vanaja S Sarna, CBEC Chairperson

Since April, she has been heading the agency at the Centre which is responsible for the implementation and successful rollout of the new tax regime.

Shaktikanta Das, Former Revenue and Economic Affairs Secretary

Shaktikanta Das, Former Revenue and Economic Affairs Secretary

Das was instrumental in pushing GST soon after the Modi government took charge.

As revenue secretary, he worked closely with Jaitley and the empowered committee of state finance ministers to break the deadlock and draw up the draft legislation.

And the others

And the others

Arun Goyal, Additional Secretary of GST Council
The UT cadre IAS officer was roped in from Project Monitoring Group handling held-up projects to get the new tax regime moving. Seen to be thorough with laws and rules.

Upendra Gupta, Commissioner (GST), CBEC
The man everyone turns to on technical matters. Gupta, a revenue service officer, is the nuts and bolts man on the issue.

Udai Singh Kumawat, joint secretary (Revenue Department)
He worked behind the scene with his team on the legislation and the rules.

Naveen Kumar, GSTN chairman
The former Bihar chief secretary has a sound knowledge of finance, having worked on revenue issues in the state. While he has worked on the development of the technology platform, he has brought to the table crucial issues related to taxation.

Prakash Kumar, CEO, GST Network
An IIT alumnus, he joined the IAS before quitting to work with technology companies such as Microsoft. Understands technology and has been racing against time to keep all forms and spreadsheets ready.

Alok Shukla & Amitabh Kumar, joint secretaries (Tax Research Unit, CBEC)
The two men who together work on rates and critical policies on indirect taxes. They were instrumental in working out product-and service-specific rates and slabs.

Najib Shah, former CBEC chairman
He was at the helm when GST was on the drawing board. Shah oversaw most of the work on the current design and implementation until his retirement in March.


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