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The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) recently concluded a successful HR conference focusing on key pillars of HR management. The HR conference held at the NACIN Palasamudram campus was a significant event for the CBIC, where senior officers discussed crucial aspects of HR management. The topics covered included cadre management, capacity building, vigilance administration, and infrastructure development. Such conferences play a vital role in identifying challenges and formulating actionable solutions for organizational growth.

Moreover, the conference also recognized the efforts of various Zones, Directorates, Commissionerates, and Zonal Units with Swachhta Awards for their outstanding Swachhta Projects. Additionally, two publications, namely the ‘5th Edition of Swachhta Uday’ and ‘Flora of Palasamudram,’ were released during the event.

On the trade facilitation front, CBIC signed the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Mutual Recognition Agreement with the Federal Customs Service of Russia. This agreement is a significant boost for Indian importers and exporters, fostering smoother trade relations.

Furthermore, recent anti-evasion actions by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Kolkata Zonal Unit showcased CBIC’s commitment to combatting financial crimes. A case of Trade-based Money Laundering involving illegal transfer of foreign exchange was successfully intercepted, leading to the seizure of goods worth Rs. 122.21 Crores.

The article also celebrates the achievements of CBIC members in sports, with Shri Yogesh Kathunia winning the Silver Medal at the Para Athletics World Championship 2024 and Ms. Abha Khatua securing a Gold medal in the women’s Shot Put event at the National Federation Senior Athletics Competition.

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Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs

DO No. 21/News Letter/CH(IC)/2024 Dated: 20th May, 2024

Dear Colleague,

The recently concluded HR conference at the NACIN Palasamudram campus was a resounding success, bringing together senior officers of the Department to delve into the four critical pillars of HR management – cadre management, capacity building, vigilance administration, and infrastructure development. The topics in this day-long conference were selected in a manner that the focus areas of the Board were discussed. Such conferences are instrumental in not only identifying challenges but also in crafting actionable solutions that can be implemented across the cadre. The insights gained from the discussions shall pave the way for continuous improvement and adaptation in HR practices, which is essential for organizational growth and effectiveness.

Alongside the sessions, Swachhta Awards were handed over to the best performing Zones/ Directorates/ Commissionerates/ Zonal Units for their Swachhta Projects and two publications – `5th Edition of Swachhta Uday’ and ‘Flora of Palasamudram’ – were released. The hard work of DGHRM and NACIN in curating and organizing the Conference also deserves special mention.

The CBIC and the Federal Customs Service, Russia signed the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Mutual Recognition Agreement, which is a major trade facilitation boost for Indian importers and exporters. While this is the 7th MRA that has been signed by Indian Customs, negotiations are being actively pursued with many other Customs’ administrations.

Going through the anti-evasion performance of last week, I found an interesting case booked by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Kolkata Zonal Unit. The officers of DRI Kolkata developed specific intelligence that a syndicate was involved in illegally transferring foreign exchange out of India by importing cheap quality Electric Supply Conductor Devices at highly inflated prices through newly formed firms located overseas. To avoid paying Customs duty on these overvalued goods, the goods would be re-exported albeit without any corresponding foreign exchange inflow. The swift action of the officers led to seizure of goods having a declared value of Rs. 122.21 Crores. A middleman has also been arrested for his complicity. This is a typical example of Trade-based Money Laundering.

This morning, I was greeted with the exhilarating news that Shri Yogesh Kathunia from the Delhi CGST Zone has won the Silver Medal at the Para Athletics World Championship 2024 in Kobe, Japan. Congratulations, Yogesh, on your outstanding performance. May many more laurels await you on your journey ahead!

In another feather in the cap of CBIC, Mumbai Customs ace athlete Ms. Abha Khatua won Gold medal in women’s Shot Put event in the 27th National Federation Senior Athletics Competition at Bhubaneswar. Your remarkable performance of 18.41 meters, which not only secured you the top position but also set a new National Record, surpassing the previous record of 18.06 meters, fills us with immense pride!

Until next week!

Yours sincerely,

(Sanjay Kumar Agarwal)

All Officers and Staff of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes 86 Customs.

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