Announcing key Finance Ministry appointments about two months before the presentation of Union Budget, the government on Saturday said UIDAI CEO and GSTN Chairman ABP Pandey will be the next Revenue Secretary and Revenue Department’s Special Secretary Girish Chandra Murmu will be the next Expenditure Secretary.
Pandey, a 1984 batch Maharashtra-cadre IAS officer, will take charge as Revenue Secretary after the superannuation of current Finance and Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia on November 30. The government said he will continue to hold charge as Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO and GSTN Chairman until further orders.
Murmu, a 1985-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in Expenditure Department of Finance Ministry and will take charge as Expenditure Secretary after the superannuation of present Expenditure Secretary Ajay Narayan Jha on January 31 next year.
Pandey, an alumnus of IIT and a doctorate from University of Minnesota Minneapolis, having worked with GSTN is being seen as the person who will bring in his technological know-how for the GST regime as both Revenue Secretary and GSTN Chairman.
This would be the last Budget of the present government before the 2019 assembly elections and is therefore likely to be an interim Budget.
Among the five secretaries of Finance Ministry, Jha, a 1982 batch IAS officer, is likely to be given the charge of Finance Secretary, which traditionally is given to the senior-most of all five secretaries.
Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg is a 1983-batch Rajasthan-cadre IAS officer, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar is a 1984 batch Jharkhand-cadre IAS officer and DIPAM (Department of Investment and Public Asset Management) Secretary Atanu Chakraborty belongs to the 1985 Gujarat batch.
After Jha’s superannuation on January 30, Garg will be the senior-most among all secretaries and is expected to be given charge as the Finance Secretary.
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