Five new Members appointed; CBEC now a full house

New Delhi: Government Monday appointed five senior IRS officers, including two women officials, as the new Members of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), apex policy making body for indirect taxes.

DG DRI Najib Shah was Monday appointed as Member of CBEC.
DG DRI Najib Shah was Monday appointed as Member of CBEC.

The posts, of the seven-member apex body, have been lying vacant for over three months.

“Orders for the appointment of four IRS officers to be appointed as Members in CBEC have been issued Monday,” a senior Finance Ministry official said.

As per the orders, five Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) officers — Najib Shah, Ashok K Kaushal, V S Krishnan, Neerja Shah and Vanaja N Sarna — have been appointed in the post of Special Secretary and as Members in the CBEC.

All the above IRS officers belong to the 1979 batch except Vanaja N Sarna. She belongs to 1980 batch.

Najib Shah was till now serving as the Director General of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). According to seniority, he will be appointed as the next Chairman of the CBEC, earlier in July.

With orders for five members’ posting issued by the Finance Ministry on Monday, all vacancies of Members in the seven-member body have now been filled.

The CBEC, at present, is headed by Chairman, Kaushal Srivastava with Ms Joy Kumari Chander as its lone Member. Srivastava is due to retire in June and Chander will demit her office in this month.

CBEC also appointed Shashi Bhushan Singh, a former CBEC member, retired in February this year, as adviser to CBEC on three-month contract, which will be ceased later this month.

Officials said the new appointments will boost the work of revenue collection and other indirect taxes related tasks given to the Customs, Central Excise and Service tax departments.

The body has six members apart from the Chairman and is responsible for framing policy and administrative issues related to indirect taxes.

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