IANS | 12 Feb, 2024
FICCI Cascade has been at the forefront when it comes to raising
awareness about smuggling activities and initiating pro-active dialogues
on how it can be tackled.
Speaking on the occasion of FICCI
CASCADE's 'Anti-Smuggling Day', a leading official of Directorate of
Revenue Intelligence has emphasised on the need for greater
international co-operation to tackle the menace of smuggling.
Kumar Singh, Principal Director General, Directorate of Revenue
Intelligence (DRI), said: "Smuggling is a transnational crime.
Underscoring the critical need for international cooperation in
combating such illicit activities, DRI actively engages and participates
in various global enforcement operations targeting drugs, arms,
wildlife, environment, money laundering, and terror financing.
the consistent sharing of actionable intelligence with our overseas
counterparts, numerous operations have been conducted, resulting in
significant seizures of contraband by customs authorities in countries
including Myanmar, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. DRI has
also kept a close watch on the smuggling of various other items like red
sanders, cigarettes, fake currency, foreign currency, wildlife products
and so on.
"These seizures are the result of fine teamwork of the
DRI officers, supported by excellent cooperation and inter-agency
coordination of our partner law enforcement agencies in the country."
FICCI CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting
Activities Destroying the Economy), he said: "On behalf of the
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, my compliments to FICCI CASCADE for
organising the Anti-Smuggling Day. This great initiative, now in its
third year in a row gives us an occasion as well as a platform to
discuss the growing menace of smuggling and counterfeiting.
dynamic nature of the threat from smuggling makes it imperative for all
of us to join hands and contribute our bit towards combating of
FICCI CASCADE has also launched a new
campaign to drive awareness among the citizens. Titled 'Smuggled Saaman
Ko Karo Nakaar, Viksit Bharat Ka Sapna Karo Sakaar', it seeks to inspire
them to help the country realise the goal of being a developed nation
by 2047 by winning the battle against smuggling.
Chairman, FICCI CASCADE, said: "We launched the Anti-Smuggling Day on
11th February, 2022 and pledged to spare no effort in raising awareness
and taking concerted action against the multi-faceted challenge of
"Staying true to that commitment, FICCI CASCADE is now
introducing a new campaign - 'Smuggled Saaman Ko Karo Nakaar, Viksit
Bharat Ka Sapna Karo Sakaar'. The Indian economy is flourishing under a
proactive government, translating to increased prosperity and
subsequently, greater spending power. However, it has been observed that
higher disposable income often leads to an upsurge in the consumption
of smuggled goods.
"Today, we launch a new campaign to sensitise
the beneficiaries of India's economic growth about the responsibility
they bear in utilising their income. We urge them not to purchase
smuggled goods which not only jeopardise their health but also harm the
country's economy. In the ensuing days and months, we will take this
campaign forward through various initiatives.”
need for vigilance by citizens to tackle smuggling, Balesh Kumar,
Member, Appellate Tribunal-SAFEMA, Department of Revenue, Ministry of
Finance, said: "I would appeal to all Indians to participate in the
activities of the Anti-Smuggling Day, which launched by FICCI CASCADE.
This occasion serves not only as a reminder for enforcement agencies but
also for citizens to remain vigilant against the use of smuggled goods,
as it is in their best interest to avoid products of questionable
"Smuggled counterfeit goods, often available at low
prices in the market, pose significant risks to society and health.
Therefore, I implore citizens to refrain from using such items."