Friday, 9 June 2017

GST Council constitutes 18 Sectoral Groups for smooth roll-out of GST

As decided in the 14th Meeting of the GST Council held on 18th-19th May, 2017 in Srinagar, J&K, 18 Sectoral Groups have been constituted representing various sectors of the economy in order to ensure smooth roll-out of GST. These 18 Sectoral Groups representing various sectors of the economy and containing Senior Officers of the Centre and the States are being set-up to ensure smooth implementation of GST by timely responding to the issues and problems of their respective Sector(s).
In fact, they are being with the following objectives:

i)                    Interact and examine representations received from trade and industry associations/bodies of their respective sector.
ii)                  Highlight specific issues for the smooth transition of the respective sector to the GST regime.
iii)                Prepare sector specific draft guidance.

These Sectoral Working Groups consist of Senior Officers from the Centre and the States.

            18 Sectoral Groups along with the names of Co-convenor(s) are as follows:

S. No.
Central Government
State Government

Name & Designation
Name & Designation
Banking, Financial & Insurance
Upender Gupta, Commissioner, GST Policy Wingh, CBEC
Dhananjay Akhade, Jt. Commissioner, Maharashtra
Amitabh Kumar, Jt. Secretary (TRU-II), CBEC
Sh. Mukesh Kumar Meshram, CCT, Uttar Pradesh
Exports (incl EOUs and SEZs)
Dr. Tejpal Singh, ADG, DGEP, CBEC
Amitabh Jain, Principal Secretary, Chhattisgarh
IT & ITes
M. Vinod Kumar, Chief Commissioner, CBEC
Ms. Smaraki Mahapatra, CCT, West Bengal
Transport & Logistics
J.M. Kennedy, ADG, DRI, CBEC
Ms. Sujatha Chaturvedi, Pr. Secretary, Bihar
Yogendra Garg, Commissioner, CBEC
Ms. Mona Khandhar, Secretary (EA), Gujarat
MSMEs (incl. job work)
Manish Sinha, Commissioner, CBEC & GST Council
H. Rajesh Prasad, Commissioner, VAT, Delhi
Oil & Gas (upstream & downstream)
P.K. Jain, Chief Commissioner, (AR), CBEC
Anurag Goel, CCT, Assam
Gems & Jewellery
Reyaz Ahmad, Director (TRU)
Dr. P.D. Vaghela, CCT, Gujarat
Services received and provided by Government
D.P. Nagendra Kumar, Pr. Commissioner, CBEC
Arun Mishra, Additional Secretary (CT) Bihar
Food Processing
Ajay Jain, Chief Commissioner, CBEC
Khalid Anwar, Sr. Jt. CCT, West Bengal
R. Sriram, Commissioner, CBEC
Ritvik Pandey, CCT, Karnataka
Big Infra (Airport & Sea ports including Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul, Power Sector, Housing and Construction)
Sandeep Prakash, Commissioner, CBEC
J. Syamala Rao, CCT, Andhra Pradesh
Travel & Tourism
Smt. Sungita Sharma, Pr. Commissioner, CBEC
Raghwendra Kumar Singh, CCT, Madhya Pradesh (Indore)
Pradeep Goel, Commissioner, CBEC
Ms. Sangeetha P. CCT, Chhattisgarh
Media & Entertainment
M. Srinivas, Commissioner, CBEC
Omnarayan Chainsukhji Bhangdiya, Addl. Commissioner, Sales Tax, Maharashtra, Pune
Drugs & Pharmaceuticals
A.R.S. Kumar, Commissioner, CBEC
Dr. M.P. Ravi Prasad, Joint CCT, Karnataka
S.N. Singh, Chief, Commissioner, CBEC
Praveen Gupta, Secretary (Finance), Rajasthan

The officials of these Sectoral Groups will deal with the issues and the problems of the respective sector(s) they represent. Concerned industry Groups/Associations or even individual industry representative(s) may approach the respective Sectoral Group officers with their problems, if any, relating to GST implementation who, in turn, will try to guide and help them in resolving the same. This exercise will help in dealing with most of the sectoral problems and issues at the local/regional level.


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