Published: 28th January 2021
IIM Bangalore alumnus Amitesh Bharat Singh conferred President’s Award
Appointed to the IRS (Customs & Central Excise) in 1997, Amitesh currently heads the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Zonal Unit in Karnataka. DRI is the apex intelligence and investigation
Amitesh Bharat Singh, alumnus of the 2015-16 batch of IIM Bangalore, has been conferred with the President’s Award for Specially Distinguished Record of Service. He pursued Master of Management Studies in Public Policy - Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM) from IIMB. Appointed to the IRS (Customs & Central Excise) in 1997, Amitesh currently heads the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Zonal Unit in Karnataka. DRI is the apex intelligence and investigation agency for transborder crimes. He has earlier served various positions in Customs, Service Tax and Central Excise, GST formations in India, including the Directorate of Taxpayer Service for the Karnataka and Kerala Region. He also served as a diplomat, being stationed as the First Secretary (Commerce) at the Indian High Commission from 2011 to 2014. He has also served earlier as the Deputy Director DRI at Delhi.
Amitesh has been a member of the GST Single Interface Standing Committee, member of the GST Working Group on IT/ITES, member of the CBIC-GST Dispute Resolution (DSR) Committee and has contributed to the work of the GST Law Review Committee (LRC). He has also been a member of the CBIC’s committee to work on improving the Scheme of Manufacturing and Other Operations in a warehouse, and is leading some of the content development teams for the Government’s iGOT (Integrated Government Online Training) Programme. He is also extensively involved in training efforts of officers at NACIN (including that of IRS Officer trainees), Indian Corporate Law Service Academy, BSF, police, etc. He is part of training efforts of several foreign Customs administrations. The responsibilities in various assignments have included making inputs for policy formulation and execution in a wide range of sectors such as tax policy, education skills, finance, Industrial and Business Policy, international trade negotiations, etc.
Earlier, he had also played a key role in instituting systems and processes leading to ISO:9000 certification in public services delivery for the GST Seva Kendra (HQ) Bengaluru, in issue of appropriate advisories and guidance notes relating to different areas of work in GST with a view to achieving standardization and uniformity of practice across GST formations in Karnataka. He has also been responsible for making effective taxpayer communication strategies and had an active involvement in the domain of taxpayer consultations and grievance redressal efforts in GST and Customs. He has also been involved in-app development efforts to assist taxpayers in GST (Place of Supply Navigator and Jurisdiction Finder apps). He has engaged with different organizations like CII, FICCI, FIEO, EEPC, BCIC, FKCCI, USISPF and others, including academic institutions such as IIMB, to speak on Public Economics; the AEO Scheme in Customs; In-Bond Manufacturing in Customs; The New GST Returns; E-invoices in GST; CAROTAR 2020, etc. He has also recently authored the ‘All about Refunds’ guide by the DGTS for the taxpayers in Customs and GST.