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UIDAI chief A B Pandey appointed interim GST Network chairman

Pandey has been steering UID project since the beginning of 2010

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Illustration by Ajay Mohanty
Illustration by Ajay Mohanty

CEO A B Pandey was today appointed interim chairman of Goods and Services Network (GSTN) -- the firm providing IT backbone and portal for registration and returns under the regime.

Pandey was given additional charge days after GSTN's first chairman Navin Kumar completed his term on August 29.

An order issued by the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of said, "A B Pandey, CEO, Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI) is assigned the additional charge of the post of Chairman, GSTN with immediate effect and until further orders."

Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia also tweeted to announce Pandey's appointment.

"He brings with him his vast experience of implementing complex IT projects. I welcome him to the Team of Revenue deptt," he said in another twiter post.

Pandey has been steering UID project since the beginning of 2010.

The issues Unique Identification numbers (UID), named as Aadhaar, to all residents of

The GSTN is the information technology (IT) backbone and portal for real-time taxpayer registration, migration and return filing under the

Kumar, former IAS offer from Bihar cadre, was the first chairman of GSTN. He was appointed as Chairman, GSTN in May 17, 2013 for three years, on completion of which his term was extended, with the condition that he would remain in office till he turns 65.

The government has constituted a search committee for a new chairman comprising senior officials from the Department of Revenue.

The GSTN is a Section 8 (under new companies Act, not for profit companies are governed under section 8), non- government, private limited company.

It was incorporated on March 28, 2013 with the Government of holding 24.5 per cent equity. All states of the Indian Union, including NCT of Delhi and Puducherry together holding an equivalent equity.

The balance 51 per cent equity is with non-government financial institutions.

The company was set up primarily to provide IT infrastructure and services to the Central and State Governments, taxpayers and other stakeholders for implementation of the Goods and Services (GST).

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First Published: Sat, September 09 2017. 01:16 IST