Unique Identification Authority of India chief Ajay Bhushan Pandey on Friday replaced Hasmukh Adhia as the revenue secretary. Adhia, who retired on Friday, held the post for three years.

Pandey, a 1984-batch officer of the Maharashtra cadre, will continue to hold the posts of chief executive officer of the UIDAI, which runs the Aadhaar programme, and chairman of the Goods and Services Tax Network.

Pandey said his priorities include stabilising the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax and simplifying laws and procedures for better tax administration and ease of doing business. “My priority at this point of time would be to help improve the tax-to-GDP ratio in the country by integration of technology into the entire taxation system and also making the procedures, rules and regulations simpler so that people have a natural incentive to comply to the entire taxation regime,” Pandey said, according to CNBC.

Before joining the UIDAI in 2010, Pandey served as the managing director of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company. In 2009, the University of Minnesota awarded him the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals for outstanding leadership achievements in his career.