New Delhi: The Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Anurag Thakur, said at the 62nd Founding Day celebrations of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in New Delhi that sharing information, using data analytics and usage of non-intrusive technologies should be harnessed to effectively battle the modus operandi of new-age smuggling networks.
While lauding the efforts of the DRI, Thakur said the Directorate prevents illicit international trade and simultaneously provides economic and physical security to the country. He said that prevention is possible with active networking and it is networking that will come out as net-worth.
Thakur focused on creating an infrastructure of security and welfare for our people by safeguarding issues of health, environment, culture and economy, and said he especially sought to protect youth from the menace of drugs to create a better future for India.
Thakur also released Smuggling in India Report 2018-19 at the event. M. Venkata Suresh was posthumously given an award for his service to the nation, his wife collected the award from Thakur.
Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Finance, had earlier appreciated the DRI for having done excellent work. He said he has observed DRI from close quarters as Revenue Secretary and seen the dedication of DRI personnel.
P.K. Das, Chairman, CBIC, in his address said that DRI has been contributing towards building the nation, and its presence across the country is a testimony to its commitment, effort and coordination.
In his welcome address, Balesh Kumar, Director General, DRI, said that in more than 60 years of its existence, DRI has been at the forefront of fighting smuggling and continues to do so. While enumerating many achievements and challenges over the past decades, Kumar said that the current challenge for DRI is to adopt and adapt the use of technology to check commercial frauds.
The Founding Day celebrations also marked the opening of the two-day 6th Regional Customs Enforcement Meeting (RCEM), where delegates and diplomats from friendly countries participated with enthusiasm. The RCEM is held to effectively engage with partner Customs organisations and International agencies like World Customs Organisation and Interpol for enforcement related issues.
This year, 21 Customs administrations covering the Asia-Pacific region along with international organisations such as Interpol, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Regional Intelligence Liaison Office – Asia Pacific (RILO AP) were invited to the event.
This meeting comes in the backdrop of the heightened trafficking of the huge quantities of heroin noticed in the Indian Ocean Region.