Senior bureaucrat S Ramesh has been appointed as Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the apex policy-making body for indirect taxes.
Ramesh, an Indian Revenue Service officer of 1981-batch will succeed Vanaja N Sarna, who superannuates on June 30.
He has been appointed as Chairman of the CBIC with the status of Special Secretary to the Central Government,.
Ramesh began his career in Mumbai as Assistant Commissioner, Central Excise and thereafter in Mumbai Customs. He has worked in various capacities in Hyderabad, Nagpur, Chennai, Trichy etc.
He was the Chief Commissioner, Chennai Customs Zone from 2013 to 2016.
Thereafter, he took over as Director General, Systems & Data Management. He joined the Board in September, 2016 as Member (IT, Central Excise & Service Tax).
Senior IRS (Customs and Central Excise) officer Raj Kumar Barthwal has been named as new member in the CBIC in place of Ramesh, the order said.
The CBIC, which works under the Finance Ministry, is headed by a chairman and can have a maximum of six members.