Ravinder Pal Singh is Chief Information and Innovation Officer at Tata Singapore Airlines (Vistara). With over 21 years of global assignments in five continents while living in USA, Europe and Asia, his skills range from engineering and technology, architecture and design, management and leadership. He has expertise in broad disciplines including strategy, change, and architecture in diverse organizations across aviation, ITeS, manufacturing, and mining. He has previously worked at Air Works, Microsoft, and Accenture.
When the Government of India rolled out the Goods and Service Tax (GST) for Airlines on 1st July, 2017, it lacked clarity and the information provided was insufficient. After several brainstorming sessions with the ministry, Vistara decided to move forward with a worst-case hypothesis presuming that the Airline Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) will do only the GST collection and the remaining 90 percent of work will have to be done at Vistara’s end.
The team at Vistara started participating in several industry forums and workshops along with the other local and international carriers to gather as much clarity as possible and to understand the industry’s stance on scenarios where no clarity was available. Finally, the team chalked out the business strategy and developed necessary algorithms and data-lake to create the desired outputs i.e. GST invoices, GST debit notes, GST credit notes and GST returns. Vistara eCommerce too was enhanced to accommodate capturing of GST details for its direct customers.
Interestingly, Vistara’s strategy was adopted as standard industry solution by all Indian airlines. Vistara was the first Full Service Carrier to send GST invoices and file GST returns within the time limit. As of March 2018 they had processed more than 4,000,000 GST transactions, created more than 800,000 GST invoices and dispatched more than 300,000 emails.
CIO100 Award 2017: The Digital Innovators
CIO100 Special Award 2017: Networking Pioneer
CIO100 Award 2016: The Transformative 100
CIO100 Special Award 2016: Business Transformer
CIO100 Award 2015: The Versatile 100
CIO100 Award 2014: The Dynamic 100