Commemorative Postage Stamp on 50 Years of the Customs Act, 1962 and Coffee Table book on Indian Customs “Anything to Declare” Released

Central Board of Excise and Customs is celebrating 2012 as the Golden Jubilee year to commemorate 50 years of the Customs Act, 1962. As a part of these celebrations, a Postage Stamp and a Coffee Table book on Indian Customs –“Anything to Declare” were released       at a function held here today.

Union Minister of Communication & Information Technology, Shri Kapil Sibal, while issuing the first commemorative Postage Stamp on Indian Customs, remarked that the Commemorative Stamp is being issued to acknowledge the sincere efforts of the Customs Administration in nation building and in guarding our economic frontiers. Shri Sibal also mentioned that Indian Customs is also at the forefront of taking trade facilitation initiatives which benefit trade and bring greater transparency.  While tracing the origin of Indian Customs to Arthashastra, the economic treatise of Kautilya, the Union Minister highlighted the major challenges currently confronting the Department.  He also praised the increasingly significant role played by Indian Customs in various global fora including the World Customs organization.  The stamp released on the occasion depicts the Customs Department as guardians of the economic frontier of the country.  It symbolizes the vigil exercised by the Customs officers.  Shri Sibal expressed hope that the release of the commemorative stamp would inspire the officers of the department to garner the much needed revenue and also to strive to meet the commitments made in its Citizen’s Charter.

On this occasion a Coffee Table book on Indian Customs titled “Anything to Declare” was also released by Shri S.S. Palanimanickam, Union  Minister of State for Revenue. “Anything to Declare?” celebrates 50 years of the Customs Act 1962. Enriched by lucid text and interesting photographs, it enlivens the glorious past of the Department—its journey in time, its evolution, the splendid buildings, its various functions and international role. This book will help the readers know more about the working of Indian Customs and see it in the light of a friendly facilitator.  While applauding the tireless and dynamic services rendered by the Department in its commitment to be reckoned as a vital force for the security and economic well-being of the nation, the Union Minister of State for Revenue also appreciated the Department’s endeavour to achieve excellence as a facilitator of international trade.

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