26 May 2020


GST Reformer


Dr Hasmukh Adhia, Revenue Secretary, has gone on record recently saying some rejig in GST rate structure is needed to reduce burden on SME businesses, that the GST regime will take about a year to stabilise. Admitting need for some rejig in rates, he opined that some items in the same chapter are divided, and underlined a need for harmonisation of items chapter wise with an eye on relieving GST burden on SMEs and the common man. He said the rejig would require some calculations by the fitment committee. The new GST regime has thrown up teething troubles and compliance issues, which the GST Council has addressed through several rounds of changes and revisions.

A PhD in yoga from Swami Vivekanand Yoga University in Bangalore, he is a Gold medalist in Post Graduate Programme in Public Management and Policy (PGP-PMP) from IIM Bangalore. He also has M.Com and B.Com degrees from Gujarat University. He has also authored two books, ‘Reinventing Government through HRM Strategies,’ and ‘My Note to Myself.’



Project Expeditor


Bhushan Gagrani, MD, CIDCO,  finally managed to push through the Navi Mumbai International Airport project, in face of stiff opposition from Project Affected People (PAP), and environmental lobby. Recently the State Cabinet approved decision to give the airport project work to Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL). In fact rumors of his impending transfer, June this year, prompted Panvel and Belapur MLAs to petition the CM against transferring him, citing that several ongoing projects would be stalled in his absence. Within a year of his appointment at CIDCO he managed to push the airport project into its final stage, it had been hanging fire last several years. He also expedited the 1st Phase of Belapur-Kharghar-Taloja- Pendhar 11 km in the Navi Mumbai Metro project.  It is his hallmark that he resolved all PAP issues in major projects in a positive favorable manner for the local people. Graduating in the 1990 IAS batch, he has done M Com, MA, LLB, MBA, and written a PhD. He was MIDC’s CEO since 2012, and has earlier worked with the tourism department, and medical and public health department.


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