The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is celebrating its 65th Founding Day on 5-6 December 2022 this year. Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman will inaugurate the 2-day event along with the Union Minister of State for Finance Shri Pankaj Chaudhary.
DRI is the premier intelligence and enforcement agency on anti-smuggling matters under the aegis of the Central Board of Indirect taxes & Customs (CBIC), Government of India. It came into existence on 4 December 1957. The DRI with its Headquarters in New Delhi has 12 Zonal Units, 35 regional Units, and 15 Sub-regional units, with a working strength of about 800 officials.
For more than six decades, DRI with its presence across India and abroad has been carrying out its mandate of preventing and detecting cases of smuggling of narcotic drugs & psychotropic substances, gold, diamonds, precious metals, wildlife items, cigarettes, arms, ammunition & explosives, counterfeit currency notes, foreign currency, SCOMET items, hazardous & environmentally sensitive materials, antiques, etc. and taking punitive action against the organized crime groups engaged therein. DRI is also engaged in unearthing commercial fraud and customs duty evasion.
DRI has also been at the forefront of international Customs collaboration under Customs Mutual Assistance Agreements signed with various countries, where the thrust is on information exchange and learning from the best practices of other Customs administrations.
Accordingly, DRI takes the opportunity of its founding day to organize Regional Customs Enforcement Meeting (RCEM) to effectively engage with partner Customs organizations and International agencies like World Customs Organisation, and INTERPOL for enforcement-related issues. This year, 22 Customs administrations covering the Asia-Pacific region along with international organizations such as World Customs Organisation (WCO), Interpol, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Regional Intelligence Liaison Office – Asia Pacific (RILO AP) have been invited to the event.
Smuggling in India Report 2021-22
The current edition of “Smuggling in India Report 2021-22” will be released by Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister on this occasion. The report brings together the trends in the field of anti-smuggling and commercial fraud and DRI’s performance and experience over the last financial year.
The DRI day serves as a day for honouring and recognizing the achievements of the past, a day of motivation for the young officers of the CBIC and the DRI and also offers an opportunity to interact and deliberate with the Custom Administrations of regional countries and important regional trading partners, thus reinforcing India’s role in Custom related matters in the region.
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