Instruction No. 01/2019-Customs

F. No. 394/21/2019 Cus (AS)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Anti Smuggling Unit (CBIC)

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Room No. 505, 5th Floor, Hudco Vishala Building,
R. K. Puram, New Delhi dated 18.03.2019

To

Pr. Director General, Directorate General of GST Intelligence, New Delhi
Pr. Director General, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, New Delhi
All Principal Chief /Chief Commissioners of Customs / Customs (Prey.)
All Principal Chief / Chief Commissioners of Customs & CGST
All Principal Chief Commissioners/Chief Commissioners of CGST

Madam/Sir,

Sub: Stepping up of preventive vigilance mechanism by CBIC field formations during the 17th Lok Sabha election process — reg.

In the context of elections for the 17th Lok Sabha, the Election Commission of India (ECI) conducted a meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence on 15.3.2019. The ECI highlighted that the election expenditure monitoring mechanism, with its two thrust areas of keeping track of the legal expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties, requires coordination among the various expenditure monitoring teams and the agencies tasked with enforcement. The Commission desires that all enforcement agencies should have proper sharing of information for coordinated action. In this regard, the Press Note issued by ECI vide No. EC1/PN/30/2019 dated 15.3.2019 may kindly be referred to (copy enclosed).

2. In view of the above, I am directed to request that:

  • All the formations and officers under your jurisdiction should be duly sensitised to step up the preventive vigilance mechanism to rule out illicit movement of currency and commodities;
  • Suitable directions may be given to the formations and officers under your jurisdiction to conduct effective checking and surveillance during the election period to curb illegal activities;
  • Intelligence units under your jurisdiction may be directed to gather information and develop intelligence to effectively accomplish this task;
  • Mobile squads and special teams may be constituted to target sensitive areas, commodities and suspicious entities;
  • All out efforts should be made to detect and seize illicit currency, liquor, gold, FICN, NDPS, and other contraband items;
  • Strict vigil should be maintained on domestic as well as cross border movement of vehicles, trains, and private chartered flights as well as commercial flights.

3. Effective endeavour to accomplish the desired tasks requires coordinated efforts on the part of different Government agencies. Hence, it is imperative that intelligence and detection/seizure information be shared with other Government agencies on a real time basis. Close coordination should be maintained with Election Authorities as well.

4. Detections made, and results achieved may be brought to the notice of the Board on a day to day basis.

Yours faithfully,

Encl: As above.

(M.G.Thamizh Vallavan)

Commissioner (RI & I)

ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110 001

PRESS NOTE

No. ECl/PN/30/2019

Dated: 15th March, 2019

Sub : ECI convenes a meeting of Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence

Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora along with Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa and Shri Sushil Chandra today held a meeting of Multi Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence. Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions attended the meeting.

Election Commission of India

Addressing the meeting, CEC Shri Arora said it is the constitutional mandate of the Election Commission of India to conduct free and fair elections. Conducting clean elections is now one of the biggest challenges in our democracy given the prevalent abuse of money power, particularly when it manifests in inducement of voters. He said Commission is determined to curb this menace and has issued detailed guidelines to monitor election expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties. The expenditure monitoring mechanism has got stronger over a period of time and larger seizures have been made by our enforcement teams in successive elections. He said individually and collectively the agencies participating in the meeting are the bulwarks of clean elections. The outcome of synergised action should exceed the commitments made.

Election Commissioner Shri Lavasa pointed out that implementation of ECI’s instructions on field requires co-ordination among the various expenditure monitoring teams and the agencies tasked with enforcement. Sharing of Intelligence amongst the agencies should ensure that there is concerted attack on problems faced. He noted that multidimensional, multi-fanged crime needs to be tackled with coordinated action. He reminded the agencies that due follow-up action on seizures done in previous MCC phase should see demonstrative action against antisocial elements enough to feel deterred next time. He emphasised that mischief mongers are ever devising more ingenious ways to beat the system.

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Election Commissioner Shri Chandra highlighted that election expenditure monitoring mechanism with its two thrust areas of keeping track of the legal expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties for election campaigns, and more importantly, ensuring that there is no illegal use of money and other items for buying of votes, is vital to ensure clean elections. Use of money during the elections has increased by leaps and bounds in recent times and therefore there is greater need to have synergy amongst various enforcement agencies so that a collective strategy is developed to fight this menace. The Commission desires that all enforcement agencies should have proper sharing of information for taken coordinated action rather than working in silos.

The issues discussed at the meeting included ways of Curbing of covert expenditure by candidates and political parties; sensitisation of the law enforcement agencies about their role during elections; co-operation and sharing of intelligence of economic offences amongst law enforcement agencies for effective action; preparation of road map for action during the elections; mapping of constituencies by concerned agencies to check transportation of smuggled goods, drugs, liquor and cash, including fake currency, through seaports, inter-state borders and international borders and pro-active and preventive action by each law enforcement agency. The Heads of Tax Boards, Law enforcement agencies, Central Paramilitary Forces and representatives of Financial Institutions assured the Commission of prompt 24X7 expenditure monitoring and surveillance action and implementation of instructions to ensure curbing of abuse of money power in elections.

The senior Officers who attended the meeting included Shri P.C. Mody, Chairperson 86 Member (Inv.), CBDT; Shri Pranab Kumar Das, Chairman, CBIC; Shri Sanjay Kumar Mishra, IRS, Director, Enforcement Directorate; Smt. Mitali Madhusmita, IRS, DG, CEIB; Shri Pankaj Kumar Mishra, IRS, Director, Financial Intelligence Unit-IND; Sh. Rajesh Ranjan, IPS,DG, CISF; Shri Rajni Kant Mishra, IPS, DG, BSF; Shri Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, IPS, DG, CRPF; Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra, IPS, DG, SSB; Shri Abhay, IPS, DG, NCB; Shri Arun Kumar, IPS, DG, RPF; Shri Sunil Mehta, Chairman, Indian Bank Association; Shri Rakesh Asthana, IPS, DG, BCAS; Sr. Level Functionary from the RBI.

Pawan Diwan 

Under Secratary

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