IRS officer Ram Tirath takes over as member of CBEC

New Delhi: Senior IRS officer Ram Tirath took over the charge as the new Member in the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the apex policy making body of the indirect taxes.

CBEC Chairman Kaushal Srivastava, who is retiring in this month.
CBEC Chairman Kaushal Srivastava, who is retiring in this month.

A CBEC Member post is equivalent to a Special Secretary rank status in the government.

Tirath, a 1979-batch officer of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise) was Monday appointed as member of the CBEC.

The vacancy was created following retirement of Ms Joy Kumari Chander, a 1978 IRS officer, who had taken over as the member of the board in January, 2014.

“Shri Ram Tirath Tuesday took over as the new member of CBEC, succeeding Ms Chander, who laid down office Sunday” a Finance Ministry official said.

Tirath was serving as the DG, Directorate General Foreign Trade before taking over as the member of CBEC.

Tirath worked in various segments in the field formation of the CBEC in various capacities.

Tirath, a Graduate in Science, will superannuate in April 2017.

With joining of Tirath in CBEC on Monday, all vacancies of Members in the seven-member body have again been filled as government appointed five senior IRS officers, including two women officials — Najib Shah, Ashok K Kaushal, V S Krishnan, Neerja Shah and Vanaja N Sarna, the new Members of the CBEC on May 25.

The CBEC, at present, is headed by Chairman Kaushal Srivastava, who is retiring in this month.

The CBEC has six members apart from the Chairman and is responsible for framing policy and administrative issues related to indirect taxes of the Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax departments.

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