D.O. letter from Chairman, CBIC dated 21/06/2021
M. Ajit Kumar
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs
North Block, New Delhi-110001
Tel. No.: +91-11-23092849, Fax : +91-11-23092890
Email : ajit.m©gov.in
Date: 21st June 2021
Today the 21st of June, is not only the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere but is also observed as the International Day of Yoga (IDY). The seventh IDY falls at a time when the world continues its fight against COVID-19. The main theme of IDY 2021 is “Yoga for Wellness”. The observance of Yoga Day is a timely reminder of the benefits and importance of an ancient Indian practice for maintaining a healthy mind in a healthy body. I am told that the Zones are conducting virtual Yoga Sessions on the occasion of IDY and also as a part of AKAM calendar of events. Wishing these programs all success.
On the recommendations of the GST Council made in the 43rd meeting held on 28th May, 2021, CBIC has issued a number of circulars on 17th June, 2021. These clarification cover: applicability of GST rate on laterals/parts of Sprinklers or Drip Irrigation System; applicability of GST on service supplied by Central/State Government to their undertakings or PSUs by way of guaranteeing loans taken by them; applicability of GST on milling of wheat into flour or paddy into rice for distribution by Government/Local authority under PDS; applicability of GST on supply of various services by Central and State Boards (such as National Board of Examination); non applicability of GST on services supplied to an educational institution including Anganwadi by way of serving of food/catering irrespective of its funding from government grants or through corporate donations, etc. Officers of GST formations should apply these circulars which are available on the CBIC website, and quickly resolve any outstanding issues awaiting redressal by the taxpayer.
On the anti-smuggling front, DRI, Imphal Regional Unit, acting on the intelligence developed by DRI, Guwahati Zonal Unit, intercepted a truck on NH 2 in the outskirts of Imphal city on 15th June 2021. A thorough rummaging of the vehicle for about twelve hours led to the discovery of about 260 Gold Biscuits, weighing about 43.121 Kgs and valued at Rs. 20.95 crore approximately. A commendable seizure.
DRI, Chennai Zonal Unit acting on intelligence passed by DRI, Hyderabad Zonal Unit, stopped a consignment bound for Australia. On 18th June 2021, after detailed examination, 65 Kgs of Ephedrine, a stimulant which is misused as a party drug, was found concealed in Granite blocks. The drug has been brought under the ambit of the NDPS Act. Two persons were apprehended. Further investigations are on.
At Delhi, the Air Intelligence Unit arrested-a foreign national who arrived from Durban via Doha on 13th June 2021 for attempting to smuggle about 4.1 Kgs of Heroin concealed in bags.
Similarly, on the anti-evasion side, DGGI, Chandigarh Zonal Unit, on the basis of specific intelligence, conducted searches at multiple premises in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana unearthing a web of 16 fictious firms which had issued bogus invoices passing on ITC to the tune of more than Rs. 115 crores.
Officers of CGST Surat Commissionerate of Vadodara Zone based on intelligence refined through data analysis discovered a web of 19 fraudulent firms. These dummy firms were allegedly involved in export and claiming of refund on the strength of fraudulent ITC availed on bogus invoices. Total fake ITC passed on is Rs. 52 crore approx. One person has been arrested. Further investigation in the matter is in progress.
My congratulations to the officers involved in the all these cases for the hard work done by them and their alertness in stopping these illegal activities.
By my letter dated 31′ May 2021, I had informed you of the good news of the amended Recruitment Rules of Appraiser, 2021. I am happy to inform that as a result of this long awaited amendment in the RRs, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata Customs have quickly completed the Departmental Promotion Committee Meetings and have promoted more than 600 officers to the grade of Appraiser of Customs (Group 13′ Gazetted). My hearty congratulations and best wishes to all the promoted officers. I also congratulate the Zonal Chiefs for carrying out the extensive exercise in such a short time. The long standing vacancies in the cadre at many important stations, can now be filled in, giving organisational strength to the department.
May the Yoga demonstrations held today, inspire you and your family members to adopt healthy practices.
with best wishes
(M. Ajit Kumar)
All Officers and Staff of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Custom