Present revenue secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey retires on February 28.
“The competent authority has approved assignment of additional charge of the post of secretary, department of revenue to Tarun Bajaj, secretary, department of economic affairs on superannuation of ABP Pandey till the appointment of a regular incumbent or until further orders,” the appointments committee of Cabinet said in the notification issued by the department of personnel and training on Saturday.
The change takes place amid the Budget session in Parliament, which is currently in recess. The second part of the session will begin March 8 and go on till April 8 during which the Finance Bill will be discussed. The first part of the Budget session had been held from January 29 till February 13.
Pandey, a 1984 batch IAS officer from the Maharashtra cadre, was appointed finance secretary last year in March, more than a year after he was appointed as revenue secretary in December 2018.
Prior to becoming revenue secretary, he had headed the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), where he spent nearly eight years.
During his tenure, Pandey has been known to promote adoption of data analytics and technology for reducing tax evasion and creating channels of information sharing between various arms of the government, which have lead to improved compliance and tax collections at a time when the government was undergoing revenue crunch due to the pandemic.
Pandey holds a BTech degree from IIT Kanpur, besides a MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.