VK Garg Appointed Financial Advisor To CM Punjab
Chandigarh , May 19 ,2017 :
Former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer V K Garg, who worked as adviser to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited as head of its indirect taxes division , has been appointed as financial adviser to Punjab CM Amarinder Singh. The order of his appointment says that he will be advisor ( Financial Resources ) to CM Punjab. The order further says that the terms and conditions will be decided later .
It has been learnt that he will given the rank of Minister of State.
1983 batch IRS , Mr Garg will be the 6th advisor to CM
The advisers already working with Amarinder includes Lt Gen T S Shergill (retd), who is senior adviser to CM and enjoys Cabinet minister’s rank, Bharat Inder Singh Chahal who is adviser in State minister’s rank and Khubi Ram who is CM’s security adviser, besides Lt Gen B S Dhaliwal (retd), technical advisor to the CM.Mr Dhaliwal was the technical advisor to the former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal He has been retained by the Amarinder government.
More about V. K. Garg
V. K. Garg is one of the country’s best known indirect tax advisors. An MBA (IIMA), LLB and a former IRS Officer, he comes with more than 30 years of experience in Central Board of Excise and Customs. As former JS TRU, he is credited with a number of path breaking reforms. He was closely involved in GST discussions for three years in the Empowered Committee of State FMs and has travelled to many international GST/ VAT regimes.
He has held several important positions in CBEC and outside: PS to Union Minister of Law, Justice & Company affairs & OSD to Chairman CBEC & field positions in Service Tax, Excise, Customs, DRI & DGCEI.
He was guiding the implementation of GST at the Reliance Group in a fully automated environment besides guiding the Group in the entire sphere of indirect taxes
He is also a recipient of President of India Award for Distinguished Service in 1999 and Union FM’s commendations in 1986 and 1989.