Sidhartha Pradhan (President)
Mr. Sidhartha Pradhan joined Indian Revenue Service in 1977 batch. Currently he is Member of a High Level Committee of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas relating to Petroleum Sector Restructuring. In his last assignment, he has worked as Member of the High Level Committee (HLC), appointed by the Finance Minister, to interact with Trade and Industry on Tax Laws. Prior to that, he was posted as Vice-Chairman, Income Tax Settlement Commission, Additional Bench-1, New Delhi from 22nd June, 2012 till 11th June 2014. His previous posting in Central Government was as Additional Secretary, Department of Disinvestment in the Ministry of Finance.
He did his Senior Cambridge at Stewart School Cuttack; B.A. (Pol Science) from Ravenshaw College Cuttack; M.A. (Pol. Science) from JNU, New Delhi, M.Phil from JNU; LLB from Utkal University and MBA from University of HULL, England.
He has worked in various capacities, both in Central Government and Government of Orissa. Worked as Additional Commissioner and Commissioner, Income Tax (Central), Delhi. He also worked as Secretary, Public Enterprises, Government of Orissa from 1995-2000 and as Special Secretary (Commerce), Government of Orissa.
He has worked as Additional Secretary, Special Secretary and Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, Government of Orissa from April, 1991 to July, 2000.
He was nominated as a Member of the Task Force constituted by Government of Orissa for restructuring the Power Sector in 1992. He was deeply involved in various Committees constituted in this regard for restructuring the Orissa State Electricity Board, leading to unbundling of the Power Sector in Orissa which led to the formation of the transmission Company-GRIDCO; distribution companies and generation companies.
In Department of Public Enterprises, Government of Orissa, he was nominee Director in the Board of GRIDCO, OPGC and Hydro Power Corporation during various periods.
Between 2007 to 2012, he was on Central Deputation where he worked as Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary as also the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Department of Disinvestment and was in-charge of various disinvestment transactions in CPSEs like NTPC, REC, PGCIL, NHPC, SJVNL, OIL& ONGC, which were very successfully completed.
He has also served as President of the Indian Revenue Service Association (Income Tax), All India Body, for two consecutive terms
He has also held the post of Vice-Chairman, Income Tax Settlement Commission, ITSC being the forum for settlement of disputes arising between Income Tax Department and the tax payers Currently, he is serving as Independent Director on the Boards of NCDEX and Mayfair Hotels.