Shri Amitabh Kumar, IRS (IT 1987) is the current Director General of Shipping, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, GoI.
Shri Amitabh Kumar holds a degree of MBA from Southern Cross University, Australia, Advanced Management from Maxwell School of Public Policy, USA and Leadership & Change Management from Wharton Business School, USA. He has recently been conferred Degree of Doctorate of Management (Honoris Causa) by AMET University, Chennai.
He has held several important positions in Government of India and CBDT, including that of Director (Delhi) in Ministry of Home Affairs and Addl. Director General of Shipping. He holds the position of Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in his parent cadre, CBDT.
He is credited with launching several tax payer friendly initiative including Tax Return Preparer Scheme (TRPS) that involved online training to unemployed graduates to enable them to prepare tax and TDS returns and Tax Payers’ Lounge to showcase all taxpayer services under one roof, which has been awarded for 7 consecutive years by the ITPO. His contribution to public service has been recognized almost every year since 2007 by the CBDT, GoI.
He had received three Finance Minister’s commendation on 150th year of Income Tax in 2012, the highest by any IRS officer. He is also a recipient of G-Files Governance Award, 2014 for exceptional contribution in Public Service.
He has led several reforms in D.G. Shipping including introduction of 35 e-Governance modules, complete revamp of maritime training, transparency in licence and approval process, revamping of old Acts etc, introduction of e-learning, online exit exams, issue of digital certificates and complete automation of the office of D.G. Shipping and implementation of ease of doing business.
His management of COVID-19, including safe repatriation and crew-change of more than 200,000 seafarers, has been greatly appreciated & acknowledged by the international community, including the Nautical Institute and International Transport Federation.
He leads Indian Delegations in International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS).