Showering praise on finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia, who retires on November 30, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said he was a no-nonsense civil servant who performed his job with impeccable integrity
New Delhi: Revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia will retire by the end of this month. Recalling the experience of working with him, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley wrote an article dedicated to the outgoing bureaucrat on Facebook.
Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, the Finance Secretary, retires at the end of this month. He has been in the Finance Ministry for four years and held the specific responsibility of the Revenue Secretary for the last three years. As Secretary, Financial Services, Dr. Adhia showed his leadership in implementation of various social security programmes of the government through banking services. His contributions in successfully accomplishing the Mudra Yojana has been laudable.
His tenure as the Revenue Secretary will be remembered for various initiatives where he provided the bureaucratic leadership in shaping and implementation of the policy. The campaign against black money both within and outside the country was the initial highlight of the Revenue Department. The Income Tax department now functions online with no physical interface between the assessee and the assessment official.
Dr. Adhia’s term witnessed the historic constitutional amendment on the GST being approved. After thecentre-state developing a consensus on the multiple GST legislations, drafting of rules and fixing tariffs, which was achieved in a short period of time. It was his efforts supported by his team of officers of centre and state governments, which made it possible to hit the deadline of 1st July 2017. Rate reductions and smoothening of the rough edges were also achieved in a record time.
Dr. Adhia’s tenure saw an exponential increasein tax base and the tax realisations. He was ably supported by the two boards, CBDT and CBIC. The follow-up after demonetisation in detecting the large cash depositors and making them accountable was no mean challenge.
Dr. Hasmukh Adhia executed these steps with calm and professionalism. He was unquestionably a highly competent, disciplined, no-nonsense civil servant and of course, with impeccable integrity. His only diversion from his duties was his passion for spirituality and yoga.
The Government wanted to use his capability and experience in some alternate capacity. He had informed me earlier this year that he would not work for a single day after the 30th of November 2018. His time thereafter belongs to hisfavourite passion and of course his son.
I wish him all the best for hispost retirement life. Thank You Dr. Adhia.
In a late-night government order on Saturday, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey has been named as Adhia's successor as the revenue secretary.
Adhia, a 1981-batch Gujarat cadre officer of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS), moved to Delhi in November 2014 as secretary in the Department of Financial Services after Narendra Modi became the prime minister.
Adhia in a series of tweets thanked Modi and Jaitley for their guidance and leadership and expressed gratitude to his officers and staff.
"I am indeed privileged to have worked in Finance Ministry for 4 years under the guidance and leadership of Hon Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Hon Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, Adhia tweeted.
Adhia will retire on November 30.
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Last Updated Nov 18, 2018, 1:44 PM IST