Tampering the container seal latches and door hinges -- a cock and bull story believed by DRI


Feed Back to Grievance Redressal Mechanism: 
The case is closed with the remarks "The complaint has been examined. The complaint appears to be very general and vague. The complainant is requested to provide specific details and actionable inputs for further action in this matter." It is submitted that the complaint is not general or vague. With the following details furnished for ready reference, further action may please be taken in the interest of the nation and in order to maintain the good name of the DRI, the officers having been duped by a cock and bull story.

It is one of the very good cases detected by DRI Chennai News item titled 'Chennai: Rs 16 crore worth red sanders seized by DRI' DECCAN CHRONICLE on 27.8.2017 extracted below: -

According to DRI officials, the red sander logs were to be smuggled in four different consignments destined for Malaysia. “The red sanders were substituted for goods declared as garments and floor mats and cleared for export after the containers left the freight station. The gang involved had substituted the goods before loading onto the ships by tampering the container seal latches and door hinges,” a DRI official said.

... One of the containers was identified in the terminal inside the port and search inside lead to about 2 metric tons of red sanders logs worth Rs 5 crore. Two more containers were found to have their goods substituted with red sanders logs instead of the declared cargo. About Rs 11 crore worth logs weighing approximately 27 MT was recovered from the two containers, according to sources.


Registration Number : CBOEC/E/2017/05099

Name Of Complainant : Jacob

Date of Receipt : 01 Sep 2017

Received by : Central Board of Excise and Customs

Forwarded to : Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence

Contact Address : O/o Director General of Revenue Intelligence,

7th Floor, D Block, I.P. Bhawan, I.P. Estate,

New Delhi110002

Contact Number : 23379271

Grievance Description : This is with regard to the news item published in the Deccan Chronicle on August, 2017 about the seizure of Rs. 16 crore worth red sanders by DRI, Chennai. It was inter alia reported “According to DRI officials, the red sander logs were to be smuggled in four different consignments destined for Malaysia. The red sanders were substituted for goods declared as garments and floor mats and cleared for export after the containers left the freight station. The gang involved had substituted the goods before loading onto the ships by tampering the container seal latches and door hinges,” a DRI official said. "The gang involved had substituted the goods before loading onto the ships by tampering the container seal latches and door hinges," cannot be a fact because it is next to impossible to tamper with the container seal latches and door hinges without being conspicuously visible. It appears that the DRI believed this story without verifying its veracity which might have been told by the smugglers to safeguard the officials and others involved in this for helping them in future. The DRI should locate the workshop where it was done and take an admission statement from the person who did it. Or, at the least get the containers inspected by the representatives of the respective container liner agents stationed in Chennai to confirm whether the container seal latches and door hinges were actually tampered with as claimed to get at the truth and investigate further. Link (google URL Shortener) https colon double slash goo.gl slash 3zuXa3 This grievance is filed in the public interest.

Current Status : CASE CLOSED

Date of Action : 13 Sep 2017

Details : The complaint has been examined. The complaint appears to be very general and vague. The complainant is requested to provide specific details and actionable inputs for further action in this matter.
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Initiation of Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR)

RTI response APAR

From: Jacob Joseph Balasingh <pjacob1@rediffmail.com> on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 08:45:33 Add to address bookTo: 1 recipient | See Details

Government of lndia, Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, Central Board of Excise &Customs Directorate General of Human Resource Development, 409/8, Deep Shikha, Rajendra Place, New Delhi -110008

F. No. 8/B/03/ IHRD (HRM)/2014/Pt..1/5260 Dated: 20.11.2014

To

ShrI. Jacob P,

Right Information International Forum, 33 Stringer Street, Siva Complex, II Floor, Broadway, Chennai-600108

Sub:- Information under Right to Information Act, 2005 - regarding

Sir,

Reference is made to your RTI application no CBECC/R/2014/60372 dated 20.10.20]4, received in this office on 05.11.2014 duly forwarded by the CPIO Assistant Director DGHRD (Infrastructure Welfare Wing), CBEC, New Delhi vide F. No. 910/08/RTI/HRD/13/Pt./4360, dated 31.10.2014, requesting this office to provide information under RTI, Act, 2005.

The requisite information does not pertain to the APAR section of this Directorate. The ACRs/APARs are initiated, reported & reviewed in the Excise/ Customs Commissionerate, therefore the information may be ,sought from them.

If you are not satisfied with the reply, you may file an appeal before Sh. Vinay K Singh, Appellate Authority & Additional Director, % The ADG (HRM), DGHRD, Room No. 408/8,Deepshikha Building, Rajendra Place, New Delhi within 30 days of receipt of this letter.

Yours faithfully, (Kiran Kumar) CPIO & Deputy Director

Copy to:- The Additional Director & CPIO, DGHRD (Infrastructure & Welfare Wing), New Delhifor information.

The CPIO (Cus Ill), Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, CBEC, Central Board of Excise & Customs, North Block, New Delhi for information.

(Kiran Kumar) CPIO & Deputy Director 

 Text of the RTI Application:

Information requested for under the Right to Information Act, 2005 may be provided to me.

DPCs are not conducted in time so that vacancies remain unfilled which is one of the main contributing factors for the deteriorating quality of work turned out resulting in huge loss of revenue. It also affects the morale of serving officials who indefinitely wait for promotion and at times meet their retirement day with colossal disappointment. It is gathered that the non-conducting of DPC for promotion to AC is attributed to non-receipt of APAR ACR of many feeder cadre officers. There is no reason why this should happen even after the issue of DOPT O.M. No. 21011/02/2009 - Estt. A dated 16.02.2009 on the subject of timely preparation and proper maintenance of ACRs. copy attached

The O.M. which is effective from 2008-09, prescribes due dates of 30th June for initiation of the APAR and 31st August for review Officer. The O.M. also specifies that the defaulting officer would forfeit his right to initiate / review the APAR. In case both the Reporting officer and Reviewing officer had forfeited their right to initiate / review the APAR, the CR format with the self appraisal given by the officer to be reported upon will be placed in his ACR dossier.

The executive field officers in Customs who work on shifts under the charge of different supervisory officers to choose any willing officer to initiate their APARs irrespective of whether they worked under their charge for the minimum required period or not. If they fail in their attempt they keep quiet and their APARs are not got initiated for that year. In some cases the APARs sent to the reviewing officer does not see the light of the day. No record is maintained by the reviewing officers for receipt of the initiated APARs so that they can infinitely wait for the concerned officer to approach them for obvious reasons. APARs for the years 2008-2009 onwards need to be dealt with as per Para 2 & 3 of cited OM and DPC is held early. 

Hence, in public interest and in the interest of the serving officers, following information may please be furnished in respect of the feeder cadres for promotion to AC:-

1(a). Names of Customs Commissionerates where Part I of APAR is being filled up by the Establishment section and sent for initiating the APAR only to the supervisory officer under whom the officer to be reported has actually worked for the required minimum number of days in the reporting period 

1(b).If no, contrary instruction, if any or action initiated and provide a copy of such communication issued. 

2(a). No. of APARs pending initiation / review in each Customs Commissionerate for the reporting years 2008-2009 to 2013-14 yearwise, cadrewise and reporting / reviewing officerwise (Name).

3 (a). Names of Commissionerates where the contents of Para 2&3 of cited O.M. are implemented from 2008-2009 to 2013-14 and the no. of forfeitures ordered yearwise.

3(b). If not implemented, action . . . .


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