West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra has been named the new chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Friday.
Amit Mitra, an economist will succeed Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani who had to leave in November over corruption charges against him. Mitra is going to be the second chairman of the panel that is tasked with outlining rules for the roll-out of the GST regime, which will incorporate all indirect taxes and make one national market, from West Bengal.
Mitra served as the Secretary General of industry association the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) before he joined politics in 2011 and became a minister in the TMC government in West Bengal.
Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said Mitra was voted at the meeting of state finance ministers on Friday. The meeting was also attended by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. However, Amit Mitra could not attend the meeting.
The top position of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers has always been chosen from an opposition-ruled state . CPI-M's Asim Dasgupta had the post when UPA was in power.