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The Union Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, Shri Arun Jait­ley ex­horted the of­fi­cers of the Direc­torate of Rev­enue In­tel­li­gence (DRI), the premier anti-smug­gling in­tel­li­gence and in­ves­ti­ga­tion agency of the coun­try, to keep pace with tech­nol­ogy and re­align it­self to the ever chang­ing eco­nomic sce­nario in order to counter and curb the men­ace of cir­cu­la­tion of Fake In­dian Cur­rency Notes (FICN), il­licit in­ter­na­tional trade of wildlife and en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive items, clan­des­tine ex­port of an­tiques and trade-based money laun­der­ing of­fences among oth­ers. The Fi­nance Min­is­ter Shri Jait­ley was ad­dress­ing the au­gust gather­ing in­clud­ing se­nior of­fi­cers and staff of DRI among oth­ers at a func­tion or­gan­ised to mark the DRI Di­a­mond Ju­bilee and DRI Foun­da­tion Day Cel­e­bra­tions 2017 in New Delhi to­day. The Fi­nance Min­is­ter Shri Jait­ley asked the of­fi­cers to find new and in­no­va­tive tech­niques to thwart the new ways of smug­gling of sen­si­tive con­tra­band items such as gold and nar­cotics, and de­tect­ing im­por­t­ex­port re­lated com­mer­cial frauds. He asked them to con­tinue to ex­hibit the pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion in the light of threat of in­creased smug­gling across the bor­ders and mul­ti­far­i­ous means of com­mer­cial frauds pre­sent­ing a chal­lenge to DRI, and es­pe­cially to use the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal tools such as data an­a­lyt­ics in fight­ing this chal­lenge suc­cess­fully. Ear­lier, the Union Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, Shri Arun Jait­ley con­grat­u­lated the DRI, its of­fi­cers and staff on their past per­for­mance. He also ap­pre­ci­ated the in­au­gu­ral is­sue of DRI Pub­li­ca­tion ‘Smug­gling in In­dia Re­port’ re­leased on the oc­ca­sion and lauded the idea of pre­sent­ing DRI Mar­tyr’s Medals, done for the first time. Over the years, as an or­gan­i­sa­tion, the DRI has carved a niche for it­self in the field of in­ves­ti­ga­tion and law en­force­ment, adapt­ing and re­align­ing it­self to the ever chang­ing eco­nomic sce­nario. DRI oc­cu­pies a po­si­tion of em­i­nence in mat­ters of na­tional se­cu­rity and eco­nomic health, play­ing key role in the Govern­ment’s ef­forts against black money, and in pro­tec­tion of en­vi­ron­ment and preser­va­tion of In­dia’s rich and an­cient cul­tural her­itage. This year the or­gan­i­sa­tion com­pleted 60 years (Di­a­mond ju­bilee) of its es­tab­lish­ment. A func­tion to com­mem­o­rate the oc­ca­sion was or­gan­ised in the na­tional cap­i­tal here to­day. The Fi­nance Min­is­ter Shri Jait­ley was the Chief Guest of the event and the Min­is­ter of State (Fi­nance) Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla was the Guest of Hon­our. Dr. Has­mukh Ad­hia, Fi­nance Sec­re­tary and Ms. Vanaja N Sarna, Chair­per­son, CBEC were also present among oth­ers on the oc­ca­sion.

History of DRI

The Cen­tral Ex­cise and Cus­toms ad­min­is­tra­tion, which was pre­vi­ously de­ployed dur­ing the Bri­tish Rule mainly for the col­lec­tion of rev­enue, was called upon, in the wake of in­de­pen­dence, to shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of guard­ing the tar­iff wall along the coun­try's vast coast­line and land fron­tiers. Many hand­i­caps such as want of trained man­power and ad­e­quate re­sources in the form of equip­ments and ab­sence of pre­cise

in­tel­li­gence made our fron­tiers more vul­ner­a­ble to eco­nomic ex­ploita­tion. Added to it was the temp­ta­tion to evade taxes and con­trols which was fu­elled on ac­count of grow­ing de­mand for for­eign ar­ti­cles which oth­er­wise were sub­ject to high tax­a­tion rates and non­tar­iff bar­ri­ers on ac­count of the need to fos­ter in­dige­nous in­dus­try and to con­serve the coun­try's fast dwin­dling for­eign ex­change re­serves. A need was felt to have a cen­tral­ized agency in In­dia to deal with cases of vi­o­la­tions of Cus­toms laws, hav­ing ram­i­fi­ca­tions be­yond the ge­o­graph­i­cal ju­ris­dic­tion of lo­cal­ized field for­ma­tions and for col­lec­tion, co-or­di­na­tion and cor­re­la­tion of in­tel­li­gence with re­spect to vi­o­la­tion of these laws and also to fur­nish spe­cial­ized know-how. A be­gin­ning was made in 1953, when a nu­cleus cell, chris­tened 'C.R.I.B.' (Cen­tral Rev­enue In­tel­li­gence Bureau), charged with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of deal­ing with all mat­ters con­nected with anti-smug­gling and an­ti­cor­rup­tion in the Cus­toms and Cen­tral Ex­cise or­ga­ni­za­tions all over In­dia was con­sti­tuted. It was a small unit con­sist­ing of an As­sis­tant Col­lec­tor and two Su­per­in­ten­dents within the Direc­torate of In­spec­tion (Cus­toms and Cen­tral Ex­cise), New Delhi but work­ing di­rectly un­der the Cen­tral Board of Rev­enue. By its very com­po­si­tion, a cell like C.R.I.B., could have a very lim­ited scope for wider ac­tiv­i­ties. But var­i­ous stud­ies un­der­taken in this small Cell it­self re­vealed that the men­ace of smug­gling had es­tab­lished deep roots in In­dia, which, in turn, spelt out the dire need for es­tab­lish­ing a well-or­ga­nized Cen­tral an­ti­smug­gling Or­ga­ni­za­tion for plan­ning and di­rect­ing the anti-smug­gling ef­forts of the var­i­ous Cus­tom Houses and Cen­tral Ex­cise Col­lec­torates through­out In­dia in a sci­en­tific man­ner for suc­cess­fully meet­ing the men­ace of or­ga­nized smug­gling. Var­i­ous stud­ies were un­der­taken by C.R.I.B. and sug­ges­tions were sub­mit­ted to the Govern­ment of In­dia in the Min­istry of Fi­nance (Rev­enue Di­vi­sion) The pro­pos­als made by Chair­man, Cen­tral Board of Rev­enue and Fi­nance Sec­re­tary deal­ing with the re-or­ga­ni­za­tion of Cen­tral Rev­enue In­tel­li­gence Bureau and cre­ation of the Direc­torate of Rev­enue In­tel­li­gence makes for an in­ter­est­ing read­ing as it pro­vides an in­sight into the history of, ra­tio­nale be­hind and ex­pec­ta­tions from DRI. The Chair­man noted that "Till about 1955, the of­fi­cers of the CRIB un­der­took ad­hoc in­ves­ti­ga­tions or en­quiries, at the in­stance of the Board, and these were mostly en­quiries against se­nior of­fi­cers ac­cused of cor­rup­tion. The Bureau could not de­vote its at­ten­tion to an­ti­smug­gling mea­sures on any or­ga­nized pat­tern un­til af­ter the taking over of anti-cor­rup­tion work by the Vig­i­lance wing, and the avail­abil­ity of its full com­ple­ment of of­fi­cers about a year ago. In this year, un­der the per­sonal guid­ance of Mem­ber (Cen­tral Ex­cise) the Bureau took up co-or­di­na­tion of In­ter-Col­lec­torate work against smug­gling and helped the Col­lec­torates with ex­pe­ri­enced per­son­nel in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of ma­jor cases. Amongst the more im­por­tant cases de­vel­oped wholly or partly with the help of of­fi­cers of CRIB may be men­tioned those of Soirat and Webb who were caught while at­tempt­ing to ex­port Rs. 2.5 Lakhs in cur­rency, Dana and Frey who at­tempted to ex­port about Rs. 9 Lakhs in cur­rency through At­tari and the un-earth­ing of the smug­gling racket at Jam­na­gar headed by Talab Haji Hus­sain and seizure of gold val­ued at at over Rs. 30 Lakhs, cur­rency of 8 lakhs of ru­pees and about 25 ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing mo­tor cars, auto rik­shaws etc. and the cur­rent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the seizure of Rs. 1.5 Crores worth of di­a­monds from Shri Zainal Ali Raza of Bom­bay. In par­tic­u­lar, the mop­ping up of the smug­glers on such a large scale at Jam­na­gar has vir­tu­ally bro­ken up a pow­er­ful and or­ga­nized gang, whose ac­tiv­i­ties in­tro­duced about six to eight crores of ru­pees worth of gold ev­ery year into the coun­try and ex­port of cur­rency or other goods and ser­vices of equiv­a­lent value out of it."

The Fi­nance Sec­re­tary noted as be­low: -

"The es­sen­tial fea­tures of the pro­posed or­ga­ni­za­tion are: -

• It is de­signed to col­lect and col­late in­for­ma­tion and to strike swiftly;

• It is of­fi­cer-in­ten­sive and the min­is­te­rial staff has been kept at a min­i­mum;

• Although small, it is a high­pow­ered or­ga­ni­za­tion so that it can is­sue in­struc­tions to Col­lec­tors and can com­mand the con­fi­dence and re­spect of the other State and Cen­tral or­ga­ni­za­tions with which it has nec­es­sar­ily to deal in order to be­come ef­fec­tive;

• It will con­sist of se­lected of­fi­cers, that is, those who by tem­per­a­ment and ex­pe­ri­ence, are equipped to do this spe­cial­ized kind of work;

• It will have no rou­tine job of its own in the sense that it is re­quired to col­lect a cer­tain amount of rev­enue. It will have com­plete lib­erty to act on 'hunches' and only the ends will jus­tify the means it adopts." The Direc­torate of Rev­enue In­tel­li­gence was thus con­sti­tuted on 4th De­cem­ber 1957, for deal­ing ex­clu­sively with the work re­lat­ing to the col­lec­tion and study of in­for­ma­tion on smug­gling ac­tiv­i­ties and the de­ploy­ment of all anti-smug­gling re­sources at the all In­dia level, be­sides ar­rang­ing train­ing for the in­tel­li­gence and In­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers of the Cus­tom Houses and Cen­tral Ex­cise Col­lec­torates de­ployed on sim­i­lar work.

Min­is­ter of State (Fi­nance) Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla

Ms. Vanaja N Sarna, Chair­per­son, CBEC

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