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Curriculum Vitae of Prof. Mahesh C. Purohit
President and Director
Foundation for Public Economics and Policy Research
13 Pocket B (Near Sani Temple), Phase Four, Ashok Vihar,
New Delhi - 110 052 (India)

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SUMMARY

Over twenty-five years of experience of financial management, economic analysis and advising in formulation of tax policy to different levels of governments at sub-national, national and international levels. Special skills in areas related to public finance, industrial economics and fiscal measures for environmental protection. Special expertise in introducing VAT in India including preparation of Model VAT Law and Procedures and charting a time path for introduction of VAT. Experience in having dialogue with officials of Central and State governments, co-ordinating work of all the State governments as Member-Secretary of VAT Council of States and Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers for Reform of Sales Tax and Introduction of VAT.

Experience of assignments abroad and with international agencies in various countries. This includes working in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, France, Japan, Nigeria, Somalia, and USA. Also, this refers to working as international consultant with the National Board of Revenue, Bangladesh (Dhaka) with a World Bank project; working as an Adviser in Tax Policy and Chief Technical Adviser with the UNDP at Somalia, a Member of the Fiscal Mission of the International Monetary Fund at Kambodia. The work has also been taken up as a consultant with the ADB and the World Bank.

Participated for over ten years in teaching students at under-graduate, post-graduate and at Ph.D. levels in India and Nigeria.

Conducted and directed different training programmes for over fifteen years in India and abroad for the government officials on fiscal policy in general and tax policy and tax administration in particular.

PERSONAL PARTICULARS
Name :

MAHESH CHANDRA PUROHIT

Address of the Organization :

Foundation for Public Economics and
Policy Research
13, Pocket B (Near Sani Temple) Phase Four,
Ashok Vihar, New Delhi - 110 052 (India)

Telephone No. :

91-11-2730 5008

Fax No. :

91-11-2730 2802

E-Mail :

maheshpur@gmail.com

Date of Birth :

3rd November 1944

Citizenship :

Indian

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Ph.D. (Econ.), University of Rajasthan, 1971, Title of dissertation: Sales Taxation in India - An Economic Analysis of the Structure and its Operations with Special Reference to the Northern Zone.
Master of Arts (Post-graduation). (Additional optional papers in Mathematical Statistics and Econometrics), University of Rajasthan, 1971.
Master of Arts (Post-graduation in Economics), University of Rajasthan, 1965.

EMPLOYMENT RECORD
a) Current Assignments    
From December 2002 to date    
Position held   President and Director
Foundation for Public Economics and
Policy Research
13 Pocket B (Near Sani Temple), Ashok Vihar,
New Delhi - 110 052 (India)
Description of duties   Preparing policies and directing the overall work of the Foundation for conducting research and providing training in the areas of public economics in general and tax reform and tax administration in particular.
March-August 2008    
Employer   National Board of Revenue, Government of Bangladesh, Dhaka
Position held   VAT Expert; International Consultant.
Description of Duties   Recommending reforms in the existing structure and administration of VAT in Bangladesh under Modernization and Automation Project of the World Bank being administered by the National Board of Revenue, Government of Bangladesh, Dhaka. Grade of US$ 15,000 pm for 5 months during the period mentioned above.
     
(b) World Bank Assignments in India    
2ndApril 11th April 2007    
Employer   World Bank, New Delhi Office, New Delhi.
Position held   Consultant
Description of Duties   Working as a Short-Term Consultant as part of the Team on the Study on Public Finance Management and Accountability System of the Government of Jharkhand, with specific responsibility to cover public finance indicators.
     
1st July 11th Sept. 2007    
Employer   World Bank, New Delhi Office, New Delhi.
Position held   Consultant.
Description of Duties   Preparing World Bank Study to Evaluate Tax Administration and Tax Policies in a Sample of States including the Poor Ones. This was a study of four states (Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh) for 3 select taxes (viz. State VAT, State Excise, and Stamp Duty and Registration fee).
12th Nov. 18th Dec. 2007    
Employer   World Bank, New Delhi Office, New Delhi.
Position held   Consultant.
Description of Duties   Working as a part of the Team on the Study on Public Finance Management and Accountability System of the Government of Maharashtra, with specific responsibility to cover public finance indicators.
(c) Government Assignments    
October 1998-April 1999    
Employer   NIPFP (Worked for the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, New Delhi).
Position held   Secretary, Committee of Chief Ministers on Value Added Tax and incentives to backward areas.
October 1997-August 1998    
Employer   NIPFP (Worked for the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, New Delhi).
Position held   Secretary, Committee of State Finance Ministers to chart a time path for introduction of VAT.
July-September 1994    
Employer   NIPFP (Worked for the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, New Delhi).
Position held   Secretary, Committee of State Finance Ministers on rationalization of the sales tax system in the country.
November 1999-June 2001   (Make this 1st assignment under Govt.assignment)
Employer   NIPFP (Worked for the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, New Delhi).
Position held   Member-Secretary, Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers to Monitor Sales Tax Reforms.
1975-1976    
Employer   Ministry of Finance, Government of India
Position held   Honorary Consultant
(d) Academic Assignments    
From May 1985 to Dec. 2002    
Employer   National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi.
Position held   Professor (Senior Fellow).
     
1977-1982    
Employer   National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi
Position held   Associate Professor (Fellow)
     
July 1972-March 1977    
Employer   Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune-4
Position held   Assistant Professor
     
November 1971-May 1972    
Employer   Institute of Marketing and Management, New Delhi
Position held   Deputy Director
     
January-March 1968; Nov 69-March 70 and July 70-July 71
Employer   University of Rajasthan, Jaipur
Position held   Lecturer (Temp.)
     
PROJECT UNDERTAKEN    
WORKS UNDERTAKEN THAT ILLUSTRATE
CAPABILITY TO HANDLE THE TASK TO BE ASSIGNED
 
1. Value Added Tax: Experiences of India and other Countries (2007)
2. Mobilizing Resources through Reform of State Non-tax Sources for Plan Development
3. Revenue Implications of Introducing Value Added Tax (2006)
4. E-commerce and Economic Development (2005)
5. Mobilizing Tax and Non-tax Sources - A Case Study of Uttaranchal (2005)
6. Taxes on Commodities and Services in India: Estimating Revenue Potential of Harmonized Central and State Taxes (2003)
7. Tax Efforts of the Central and State Governments in India (2003)
8. Sales Tax and Value Added Tax in India (2001)
9. Model Statute for Value Added Tax in India (1998)
10. Transfer Pricing Regulations in India (1997)
11. Sales Tax System in Andhra Pradesh (1996)
12. Modified Value Added Tax Development, Structure and Revenue Productivity (1996)
13. Value Added Tax in Brazil (1996)
14. Harmonisation of VAT in European Union (1996)
15. Structure and Administration of Sales Taxation in India (1995)
16. Taxation of Services (1995)
17. Reform of Domestic Trade Taxes in India (1994)
18. Structure and Enforcement of Sales Tax in Uttar Pradesh (1993)
19. Principles and Practice of Value Added Tax- Lessons for Developing Countries (1993)
20. Exemptions under Additional Excise Duties in lieu of Sales Tax (1990)
21. Fiscal Policy for the National Capital Region (1987)
22. Information System and Evasion of Sales Tax in Tamil Nadu (1985)
23. Tax Reform in Bhutan (1983)
24. Sales Tax System in Bihar (1981)
25. A Survey of the Tax System in Assam (1979)
26. Human Resource Development
 


 

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