Senior IRS officer Najib Shah was today appointed as Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), apex body on Indirect Taxes.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shah as Chairman, CBEC, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training said.

Shah, a 1979 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), has been working as Member in the board since May this year.

Shah, who had also been Director General of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), was also acting Chairman of the board after retirement of Kaushal Srivastava, about three months back.

Shah will have tenure till March 11, 2017, when he attains the age of superannuation--60 years.

The CBEC consists of a chairperson and maximum of six members. At present, Shah's wife Neerja, V S Krishnan, Vanaja N Sarna, Ram Tirath and Ananya Ray are working as other members.

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