International Customs Day celebrations organised by Chief Commissioner of Customs, Mumbai at the Yashawntrao Chavan Auditorium on Saturday on 27 January 2018. Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao was the chief guest at the event.
This year’s International Customs Day marks the 65th anniversary of the first International Customs Council of Brussels in 1953. The theme this time was tax reforms through the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The Governor singled out the Customs department for praise for setting a benchmark in promoting ease of doing business within the set and restricted framework of the regime. “They have supported the country and made it a five-trillion-rupee economy by setting global standards of convergence.”
The Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao hailed the contributions of the Customs Department in nation building. He bserved that the role of Customs department is crucial in preventing explosives, arms and ammunition, contraband goods and fake currency from entering into the country. Asserting the resolve of the government to make India a $ 5 trillion economy by 2025 by removing the red tape, the Governor asked the Customs department to further improve the ease of doing business in the country. He also cautioned that newer challenges such as disruptive technologies like 4 – D for printing could make borders irrelevant, the Governor called for automation of infrastructure and simplification of procedures by the Customs department.
Vice-Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, said, “The nation’s security and economic development go hand-in-hand. Business is full of risks, but the nation’s security is one risk no business can handle or afford.”
“Legal services largely affect business development. So, for smoother functioning, law enforcement rules should be put to use effectively,” Zia Mody, founder of law firm AZB and Partners, said.
Bharat Gade Chief Public Relations Officer received the President’s award for his contribution in the field of Customs. State Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, who was chief guest, felicitated retired and serving officers for outstanding services, as well with outstanding importers and exporters from each zone.
The Governor released a Coffee Table Book brought out by the Customs department on this occasion. Serving and retired officers and staff of Customs department were felicitated for their outstanding contributions on this occasion. Representatives of various large business organizations were also felicitated by the Governor.
At the event, along with Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, Minister for Housing Prakash Mehta, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Chief Commissioner of Customs Zone I Rajeev Tandon, Chief Commissioner Customs Zone III APS Suri, Chief Commissioner Customs Zone II Vivek Johri, Corporate lawyer Zia Mody, Consul of various countries and senior officers and staff of Customs were present.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist