The crack team: Those who made GST a reality
The brains behind GST
Here's a look at the team which helped usher in the landmark fiscal reform:
Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister
Vanaja S Sarna, CBEC Chairperson
Shaktikanta Das, Former Revenue and Economic Affairs Secretary
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
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.