Sem­i­nar and can­dle light con­gre­ga­tion for Fight Against Smug­gling and Coun­ter­feit­ing

FICCI Business Digest - - In Focus -

FICCI CAS­CADE or­gan­ised a sem­i­nar and a can­dle light con­gre­ga­tion in Guwa­hati on July 29, 2015, which wit­nessed an en­thu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pa­tion from industry, con­sumer bod­ies, le­gal ex­perts, con­sumers and stu­dents from across Guwa­hati in As­sam.

Ra­jiv Ku­mar Bora, Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­tary, Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­forms & Train­ing, Ed­u­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Depart­ment, Gov­ern­ment of As­sam, the chief guest, con­grat­u­lated FICCI CAS­CADE for ini­ti­at­ing the con­sumer move­ment against coun­ter­feit and smug­gled goods. “Look­ing at the mag­ni­tude of the prob­lem, which is up to one tril­lion US dol­lars, this is the call of the hour,” stated Bora. He said that the menace of coun­ter­feit­ing and smug­gling was ram­pant in North East due to its por­ous bor­ders.

He em­pha­sized that ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing coun­ter­feit­ing and smug­gling curbed the eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence and one must pledge to not use fake prod­ucts and fight the menace of smug­gling which was in the larger in­ter­est of the na­tional econ­omy. He high­lighted that the gov­ern­ment was not only los­ing rev­enue but also the abil­ity to pro­vide ser­vices to the peo­ple. “Our demo­cratic qual­ity suf­fers due to this il­licit mar­ket,” said Bora.

Ronn Pakrashi, Mem­ber, FICCI North East Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, ob­served that the prob­lem of smug­gling, coun­ter­feit­ing and piracy had in­creased man­i­fold in the global mar­ket af­fect­ing

L to R: Ronn Pakrashi, Mem­ber, FICCI North East Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil; P C Jha, Ad­vi­sor, FICCI CAS­CADE & Former Chair­man, CBEC; Ra­jiv Ku­mar Bora, Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­tary, Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­forms & Train­ing, Ed­u­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Depart­ment, Gov­ern­ment of As­sam; Swap­nanil Barua, Com­mis­sioner & Sec­re­tary, In­dus­tries & Com­merce, Gov­ern­ment of As­sam; Deep Chand, Ad­vi­sor, FICCI CAS­CADE & Former Spe­cial Com­mis­sioner, Delhi Po­lice and Hasina Kharb­hih, Founder and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Im­pulse So­cial En­ter­prises.

Can­dle Light Cer­e­mony

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