Under-staffed Customs

Under-staffed Customs - Suggestion

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Our Ref.100414 dt.23.11.2010

 

01. Kind attention is drawn to the news article ‘Customary problem at port’ published in the Chennai Edition of the Deccan Chronicle dated 22.11.2010.  An excerpt of the news item is laid below for ready reference.

 

Lack of infrastructure and shortage of staff are serious problems at Chennai Port and are affecting the import and export industry. The port customs, which handles 1,000-1,200 shipping bills every day, has yet to modernise its clearance systems. Industry sources point out that shortage of customs officials is hampering clearance and has landed South India’s busiest port in a serious crisis.

“We do not have enough employees and export-import infrastructure. Due to shortage of staff, customs officials have been given charge of 2-3 freight stations that are situated in different parts of the city. Lack of infrastructure and machinery delays the clearance procedures for several days, causing a major loss to customs house agents,” an importer in the city told Deccan Chronicle.

Even as the total amount of container traffic has doubled in the last 10 years, authorities are yet to take a timely decision to update the infrastructure. http://www.deccanchronicle.com/chennai/customary-problem-port-325

 

 

02. It is a fact that there is acute shortage of staff and the very sensitive work of customs clearance which has got a bearing on the maintenance of the security of India is performed just as a formality.  Not even one fourth of the number of Bills of Entry now being attended to could be dealt with by an officer if s/he does the work in a meaningful manner.  Crores of rupees spent on the defence forces would be of no use to protect the country if the Customs which is a border controlling agency is understaffed. 

 

03. The post of Chief Commissioner of Customs, Chennai is vacant and as on date, the Chief Commissioner of Customs Preventive, Chennai holds additional charge of all the Chief Commissioners in Customs and Central Excise stationed in Chennai.  Though there is no embargofor an officer to be posted to a higher post on officiating basis [Fundamental Rules 22] this is not being done in the Customs and Central Excise.  Local officers may be granted officiating positions which would in addition be useful to get the work done, the incumbents would perform better when they are offered regular promotions.

 

04. Customs shares the responsibility of the security of India along with the defence forces.  In peace time, enormous skilled man-hours are available in the defence forces. In exigencies, the defence personnel are used to run railways, build bridges etc. .  Selected defence personnel stationed in state headquarters may be given   crash course trainings to handle a part of the load of routine work on deputation or on part time basis as and when such shortage of man power is encountered. 

 

For consideration please.  


Principal Educator, RIIF


Submitted on 24.11.2010

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Please refer http://www.deccanchronicle.com/chennai/customary-problem-port-325. The post of CC Customs,Chennai is vacant and the CC(P)holds addl charge of all CCs in Cus&CEx in Chennai.Though there is no embargo for an officer to be posted to a higher post on officiating basis [FR22] this is not being done in CBEC.Local officers may be granted officiating positions which would in addition be useful to get the work done,the incumbents would perform better when they are offered regular promotions.

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Submitted on 24.11.2010

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Ref: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/chennai/customary-problem-port-325.Customs shares the responsibility of the security of India along with the defence forces. In peacetime, enormous skilled man-hours are available in the defence forces. In exigencies the defence personnel are used to run railways, build bridges etc. Selected defence personnel stationed in state headquarters may be given   crash course trainings to handle routine work on part time basis when shortage of man power is encountered

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