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FM: Dynamic nature of the Indian economy and availability of technology tools has impacted the functioning of all the Departments including the nature of Tax Administration;. Two major challenges before the Customs Administration today include trade facilitation and sharp detection & enforcement to avoid any tax evasion; Investiture Ceremony 2018 and International Customs Day 2018 held in Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi today.

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FM: Dynamic nature of the and availability of technology tools has impacted the functioning of all the Departments including the nature of Administration;. Two major challenges before the Customs Administration today include trade facilitation and sharp detection & enforcement to avoid any evasion; Investiture Ceremony 2018 and International Customs Day 2018 held in Vigyan Bhawan in today.

The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley said that dynamic nature of the and availability of technology tools has impacted the functioning of all the Departments including the nature of Administration. The Finance Minister said that there are two major challenges before the Customs Administration today which include that of trade facilitation and sharp detection & enforcement to avoid any evasion. Shri Jaitley said that there is also a challenge to keep a balance between these two dichotomic functions where the experience of authorities come to their rescue. The Finance Minister, Shri Jaitley was addressing the august gathering of senior officers and staff of the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) along with other dignitaries on the occasion of the ‘Investiture Ceremony 2018’ and ‘International Customs Day 2018’ in Vigyan Bhawan in today. The Finance Minister, Shri Jaitley expressed confidence that CBEC would take necessary steps to ensure that India’s ranking in trade across borders would improve substantially. On the occasion, the Finance Minister, Shri Jaitley also released two IT tools of the Customs Department i.e. ICETRAK, and ICETAB, developed by the CBEC to provide an easy way for trade to track their consignments and for providing other important information and updates. Earlier, the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla, in his address complimented the role of Customs in implementing GST in record time, in securing our international borders and for facilitating trade and international passengers at airports. The Finance Secretary, Dr. Hasmukh Adhia congratulated the Department for smooth implementation of GST and adoption of new technology. He underlined the important role of Customs in further improving the nation’s ranking in trading across borders while appreciating the enhanced adoption of technology and keeping a pace with latest technology in their business processes. Shri P.K. Das, Member (Customs), (CBEC), also spoke about the thrust on enhancing trade facilitation and the role of other stakeholders including participating Government agencies. Shri Sunil Kumar Sawhney, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Customs Zone, presented the vote of thanks. 

International Customs Day celebrations were organised by the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC). The Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley was the Chief Guest on the occasion while the Union Minister of State for Finance Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla was the Guest of Honour. The Finance Secretary Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, and Ms. Vanaja N. Sarna, Special Secretary to Government of India and Chairperson, (CBEC), along with the Members of CBEC, senior officers of CBEC, various other Departments of the Government and foreign dignitaries were present. Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificates and World Customs Organization (WCO) Certificate of Merit Award were also presented to the distinguished officers and staff of the CBEC. 

Earlier, Ms Vanaja N. Sarna, Chairperson, CBEC welcomed the dignitaries and highlighted the recent Key Initiatives taken by Customs for enhancing trade facilitation in line with the Action Plan for implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement of the WTO ratified by India and in alignment with ease of doing business at the highest levels of government. 

Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate was awarded to 40 officers and staff of Indian Customs for “Specially Distinguished Record of Service.” These officers and staff were selected on the basis of their exemplary performance in their respective field of services over the years. The Awardees selected this year include officers from all cadres of the Service, who have consistently performed with distinction in their various assignments, including prevention of smuggling, detection of evasion, detection of trade based money laundering and foreign exchange violations, besides contributions in policy formulation, revenue mobilization, and automation of business processes, and capacity building and training among others. 

The following officers and staff of CBEC along with others received the Presidential Commendation.

 PRINCIPAL COMMISSIONERS/COMMISSIONERS

 1. Shri Satya Narayan Saha, Principal Additional Director General, Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), Zonal Unit, Hyderabad. 2. Shri Syed Haider Hasan, Principal Commissioner , Central Excise Zone, Meerut.

3. Shri Srinivas Murty Tata, Commissioner (Service Tax), (CBEC),

4. Shri Sunil Jain, Commissioner, Central Excise Zone, Hyderabad. 

DIRECTORS/ADDITIONAL DIRECTORS/ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONERS/JOINT COMMISSIONERS 

5. Shri Rajendra Kumar, Director (Legal), (CBEC),

6. Shri Neeraj Prasad, Additional Commissioner, Directorate General of Taxpayer Services,

7. Shri Manish Goyal, Additional Director, Directorate General of Human Resource Development (DG HRD),

8. Shri Nasim Arshi, Additional Director, Risk Management Division (RMD), Mumbai.

9. Dr M. G. Thamizh Valavan, Director (Anti-Smuggling), (CBEC),

10. Shri Dinesh Kumar Gupta, Director (Drawback), (CBEC),

11. Shri Mihir Ranjan, Additional Commissioner, Directorate General of Vigilance (DGoV),

12. Shri Nitin Saini, Additional Director, Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), Regional Unit, Ludhiana.

13. Shri Zubair Riaz Kamili, Director (Customs), (CBEC),

14. Shri Maneesh Kumar, Additional Director, Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI), Zonal Unit, Ahmedabad.

15. Dr. Pradyumn Kumar Tripathi, First Secretary, High Commission of India, Singapore.

16. Shri Pramod Kumar, Officer on Special Duty (Joint Commissioner), Research Unit (TRU), (CBEC),

17. Shri Sanjiv Kumar Mishra, Joint Commissioner, Directorate General of Systems and Data Management,   

DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS/ASSISTANT COMMISSIONERS 

18. Shri Chanderpal Singh Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner, Customs Zone, Mumbai-II.

19. Ms. Samrita Kaur Gill, Deputy Director, Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI) (Hqrs.),

20. Shri Avinash Shashikant Patane, Assistant Commissioner, Central Excise Zone, Pune. SUPERINTENDENTS / SENIOR INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS

21. Shri Shiv Kumar Sharma, Senior Intelligence Officer, Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI), Zonal Unit,

22. Shri K. Ramachandran, Superintendent, Central Excise Zone, Chennai.

23. Shri D. Venkateswaran, Senior Intelligence Officer, Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI), Zonal Unit, Chennai.

24. Shri Probir Kumar Sen, Superintendent, Customs and Central Excise Zone, Shillong.

25. Shri Achal Mehrotra, Senior Intelligence Officer, Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) (Hqrs.),

26. Shri Nagabushanam P, Superintendent, Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), Zonal Unit, Bengaluru.

27. Shri Pramod Marotrao Dange, Senior Intelligence Officer, Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI), Zonal Unit, Mumbai.

28. Shri Ashwani Kumar Kapur, Senior Intelligence Officer, Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), Regional Unit, Ludhiana.

29. Shri Baldev Prasad Khanduri, Superintendent, Central Excise Zone, Meerut.

30. Shri Mohan Raghavan, Senior Intelligence Officer, Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI), Zonal Unit, Mumbai.

31. Shri Rajesh Ramdas Salian, Superintendent, Risk Management Division (RMD), Mumbai.

32. Ms. Seema, Superintendent, Directorate of Logistics,

33. Shri Mahesh Kumar Purohit, Appraiser, Customs Zone, Mumbai-III. 34. Shri Rajneesh Gupta, Additional Assistant Director (Supdt), Directorate General of Human Resource Development (DG HRD),   

MINISTERIAL OFFICERS 

35. Ms. Geeta Mohan Menon, Senior Private Secretary to Chief Commissioner of Customs Zone, Mumbai-I.

36. Shri A.G. Rajan, Administrative Officer, Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), Zonal Unit, Chennai. 

INSPECTORS/INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS 

37. Shri Ravi Dutt Shankar, Intelligence Officer, Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), Zonal Unit,

38. Shri Mamidi Narsingh Rao, Intelligence Officer, Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI), Zonal Unit, Hyderabad. 

DRIVER 

39. Shri Ranbir Singh, Driver Grade-I, Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI) (Hqrs.),  

HEAD HAVALDAR 

40. Shri Laxman Singh Negi, Head Havaldar, Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) (Hqrs.),  

In addition, following 20 Officers who have contributed to the WCO Theme were awarded the World Customs Organization (WCO) Certificate of Merit. This honour has been given to 17 Customs Officers, one officer of the Coast Guard, and two recipients are from the private sector. 

OFFICERS OF CBEC 

1.         Shri Vivek Ranjan, ADG, Directorate General Taxpayer Services, CBEC,

2.         Shri Hardeep Batra, Additional Commissioner, WCO Cell, DG Safeguards,

3.         Shri Vishnu Kumar, Joint Commissioner, Customs (Preventive), Bhubaneshwar.

4.         Ms. Temsunaro Jamir, Joint Commissioner (ICD), ICD Section, CBEC,

5.         Shri Alok Kumar, Joint Director, RMD, DGARM, Mumbai.

6.         Shri Manoj Kumar, Joint Director, NACIN Faridabad.

7.         Ms. K.K. Suja, Joint Commissioner, Customs, Chennai.

8.         Shri V. Suresh, Joint Director, CRCL, Chennai.

9.         Sh. Gaurav Shanda, Deputy Commissioner, Single Window Project, CBEC,

10.       Dr. Gandhi Donthi, Deputy Commissioner, Directorate General of vigilance (Hrs.),

11.       Shri Priyank Chaturvedi, deputy Director, DG-systems,

12.       Shri Anil Kumar Sapra, OSD PAC, Customs Wing, CBEC,

13.       Shri B.S. Grewal, Assistant Director, Directorate of Logistics,

14.       Dr. Sreeparvathy S.L., Under Secretary, Service Rax, CBEC,

15.       Shri Harish Kumar, Assistant Commissioner, CCC Unit, Customs (DZ),

16.       Shri Sanjay Kumar, SIO, DRI DZU, CBEC,

17.       Shri Olekkengil Francis Jose, Inspector (PO), Custom House, Cochin. 

OFFICERS FROM OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES 

1.         Shri K. Natarajan, Additional Director General, Cost Guard Commander (Western Seaboard), Mumbai., on behalf of Indian Coast Guard. 

RECIPIENTS FROM PRIVATE SECTOR 

1.         Shri Samir J. Shah, Partner of M/s JBS Group of Companies, Ahmedabad.

2.         M/s Kerry Indev Logistics Pvt. Ltd. (ICD), Chennai.

 

                                         

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First Published: Sat, January 27 2018. 00:20 IST