Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, has been appointed as the Union Revenue Secretary upon superannuation of Dr Hasmukh Adhia.
He is an IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre 1984 batch. He will continue to head the Unique Identification authority of India (UIDAI) as its CEO and will also hold his position as the Chairman of GSTN.
With over 34 years of experience in State and Central Governments, he is at the helm of affairs at UIDAI where he was a key player in establishing Aadhaar all over the country.
He also successfully explained Aadhaar and its benefits and the underlying technology to the 5-judge Constitution bench in the Supreme Court through his two-day long power point presentation in the open court room which helped the Government in successfully defending the Aadhaar case against 37 petitions.
He gave a detailed interview to eGov magazine regarding Aadhaar and its significance. You can read the full interview here:
Prior to joining UIDAI in 2010, he was the Managing Director of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company where he brought down transmission and distribution losses remarkably and helped the state in tiding over massive power shortage.
Also, during his tenure as Principal Secretary, Information Technology in Maharashtra, he contributed significantly in driving many key e-Governance projects. Early in his career, he had also headed Enforcement Division of Maharashtra Sales Tax department.
An Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Kanpur, he joined the University of Minnesota in 1998 to obtain his MS and PhD in Computer Science and was later awarded Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals by the University of Minnesota for his outstanding leadership accomplishments in his professional career.
He has also been a part of various Elets conferences.
You can listen to his full speech here : https://youtu.be/iiG7dWnK3lo