Mumbai Customs celebrated International Custom Day

CM Devendra Fadnavis delivering speech at Mumbai Customs event. Also seen are L to R Banibrata Bhattacharya Principal Commissioner (General) zone I, Devendra Singh Chief Commissioner Zone III, Rajeev Tandon Chief Commissioner Zone I, Adi Godrej Chairman Godrej Group, Dr. John Joseph Chief Commissioner Zone II, R. K. Aggarwal, IAS, Joint secretary, Govt of India.

Mumbai Customs celebrated International Custom Day (ICD) in Mumbai on 27th January at Y B Chavan Auditorium. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as the Chief Guest, Godrej Group of Company’s Chairman Adi Godrej was the guest of honour and Rajesh Aggarwal, Joint secretary, Govt. of India was guest speaker. The ICD is organised in commemoration of formation of World Custom Organisation (WCO) on January 26, 1953. This year’s theme was “Data Analysis for Effective Border Management.”

Besides CM Devendra Fadnavis and Adi Godrej, B. Bhattacharya Principal Commissioner (General) zone I, Devendra Singh Chief Commissioner Zone III, Rajeev Tandon Chief Commissioner Zone I, John Joseph chief Commissioner Zone II and Rajesh Aggarwal, IAS, Joint secretary, Govt of India were also present on the dais.

The Maharashtra CM in his address praised the Customs department for taking up the challenges by the customs team so successfully continuing to elevate its standards vis-à-vis the practices and procedures adopted by all the customs globally.

Rajeev Tandon Chief Commissioner Zone I presiding over the function.

CM took the moment to cheer Mumbai Custom department for its incessant efforts in striking balance between offering. He wished all the best to the Mumbai Customs and accorded kudos to the team spirit of the department for all the great breakthroughs in nation building.

CM Devendra Fadnavis in lighter mood said “I remember when I used to watch movie, there used to be a villain signalling torch light from land to sailing boat in the sea. Thereafter, material used to be delivered on the land, suddenly custom official used to emerges from dark and arrest them. But in reality Indian custom is much more than that in their achievements. I am happy to join this event and congratulating them on International Customs Day”.

CM also launched a documentary film namely “SEVA SE SURAKSHA TAK – MUMBAI CUSTOMS”. The documentary features functioning, facilities and breakthroughs of Mumbai Customs.

Rajeev Tandon, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Zone-I in his welcome speech crisply elaborated the overall functioning of the Mumbai Customs and took pride in stating that “He is part of country’s biggest customs formation which handles almost 1/3 rd of international trade of India and generates revenue close to Rs. 70,000 cr. with each year exceeding envisaged target”.

He further elaborated “On recent initiatives by government which are implemented and introduced into the functioning of Mumbai Customs viz. Direct Port Delivery (DPD), Authorised Economic Operator Programme (AEO), Single Window Interface for Facilitating Trade (SWIFT), Facility of deferred duty payment, 24×7 Customs clearance etc. all with one aim to take the nation forward by echoing with the esteemed policy of ‘Ease of Doing Business”.

Customs Superintendent Bharat Gade receiving trophy on behalf of the family of additional commissioner late Daya Shankar.

The Guest of honour Adi B. Godrej Chairman Godrej group of company highlighted the importance of Customs department in revenue collection, securing economic frontier of the country using state of the art technology and meticulous workout by the Custom officers. He hoped the role of customs in overall development of the country to grow with time and expressed gratitude over being invited for prestigious celebration. He added “In a period to come, the economy growth would be phenomenal. India would be a largest economy in the world by the period of 2050 superseding United States and China”.

Rajesh Aggarwal, Joint secretary, Govt. of India in his thematic address explained how can Data analysis play a key role for effectively managing the economic frontier of country and nailing down the offenders who are not only involved in evading tax but also in trafficking of illegal and prohibited goods.

Aggarwal also said “It was a privilege to be the Keynote Speaker at the International Customs Day celebrations by Mumbai Customs. I spoke about Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for better Border Control, increase in revenue and ease of business. It is always a pleasure to see various departments doing so much in use of IT for better delivery of services”.

The event also involved felicitation of Customs heros. Many officials and employee were recognized and given appreciation certificates and trophies for their exemplary service. A certificate and trophy was also given to additional Custom Commissioner late Daya Shankar, Who was known for his crackdown on the thriving gold smuggling networks, sent shock waves in smugglers during his stint in Mumbai customs. As family of late Daya Shankar was not present, his trophy and certificate was received by Customs Superintendent Bharat Gade on their behalf.

Report: Sitaram Mewati