Chairman of CBIC, GST, Customs, and Other Indirect Taxes


Shri Vivek Johri is the new Chairman, of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, and Special Secretary to the Government of India. 

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Previous Chairman

Mr. S. Ramesh, IRS (C & CE: 1981) has taken charge as Chairman, of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on 30.06.2018.  The previous chairman was Vanaja N. Sarna.  Also, before his appointment, he was a member (administration) of the board.

Mr. S. Ramesh started his career as an Assistant Commissioner in Mumbai in Central excise and thereafter in Mumbai customs. Furthermore, he has worked in various Capabilities in Hyderabad, Nagpur, Chennai, Trichy, etc. He was the main Chennai Customs Sector Commissioner from 2013 to 2016.  After that, he took over as Director-General,  Systems & Data Management. He joined Board in September 2016 as Member (IT, Central Excise, and Service Tax).

Message to Board Members

Mr. S. Ramesh conveyed his message to all members of the board on his 1st day of joining.  He said 1st July is an important milestone, the momentous journey from the GST formulation to implementation has been completed a year.

It is indeed a privilege to assume office on the eve of the day which is of paramount importance for indirect tax administration in the country, transforming the country into “one Nation, one Tax, one Market.”.

The journey has been arduous but the outcome is remarkable and historic.  We faced challenges as we moved on our journey, but all of you have demonstrated exemplary abilities to overcome every challenge with success.  I would like to compliment each one of you for the commendable work in the formulation, implementation, and execution of this historic reform.

I would urge all of you to continue to work with even greater zeal, commitment, and integrity as we need to take the levels of taxpayer service and the case of doing business to newer heights.

Further, he said Tax administrations world over have gone through a complete makeover from being regulators to facilitators to partners in reform.

There is a need to strike a fine balance between facilitation and compliance management in cross-border trade.  Let us continually and collectively address the IT, Operations, and HR issues to make us a modern Customs administration.

On behalf of all my colleagues on the Board, I take this opportunity to assure you of our relentless effort toward staff welfare, infrastructure development, and HR management.

I would also take this opportunity to convey our gratitude and best wishes to the outgoing chairman Ms. Vanaja N. Sarna, whose much anticipated and appreciated weekly newsletter, I intend to continue.

My wishes are also due to my colleague Shri Raj  Kumar Barthwal, who joins as a member of the Board with his rich experience and expertise in the Indirect tax administration.  Looking forward to working with you all for a brighter future.

Chairman of GST Council in India

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Name: Nirmala Sitharaman

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman is the Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs. Also, she is the chairman of the GST council. She attended her first 35th GST Council meeting held on 21.06.2019 in Delhi.

Former Chairman’s List

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Name of Chairman: Mr. Arun Jaitley

The Union Finance Minister of India is the Chairman of the GST Council in India.  Also, he is the GST council head to represent various GST council meetings.   At present Mr. Arun Jaitley is the Union Finance Minister of India.

Hence he is the Chairman of the Goods and Service Tax Council in India.

Last updated on 29.12.2021

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