Mumbai: Observing that the role of Customs department is crucial in preventing explosives, arms and ammunition, contraband goods and fake currency from entering into the country, Maharashtra Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao hailed the contributions of the Customs Department in nation building and particularly in making Indian economy safe and secure.
Asserting the resolve of the government to make India a $ 5 trillion economy by 2025 by removing the red tape, the Governor asked the Customs department to further improve the ease of doing business in the country.
The Governor was speaking at the International Customs Day celebrations organised by the Chief Commissioner of Customs, Mumbai at the Yashawntrao Chavan Auditorium in Mumbai on Saturday (27 Jan.)
Cautioning that newer challenges such as disruptive technologies like 4 – D for printing could make borders irrelevant, the Governor called for automation of infrastructure and simplification of procedures by the Customs department.
Serving and retired officers and staff of Customs department were felicitated for their outstanding contributions on this occasion. Representatives of various large business organizations were also felicitated by the Governor. The Governor released a Coffee Table Book brought out by the Customs department on this occasion.
Maharashtra’s Minister for Housing Prakash Mehta, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Chief Commissioner of Customs Zone I Rajeev Tandon, Chief Commissioner Customs Zone III APS Suri, Chief Commissioner Customs Zone II Vivek Johri, Corporate lawyer Zia Mody and senior officers and staff of Customs were present.