Arun Jaitley to DRI: Use Technology to Combat Smuggling Menace

Arun Jaitley releasing the publication, at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the Foundation Day of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), in New Delhi on December 04, 2017
Arun Jaitley releasing the publication, at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the Foundation Day of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), in New Delhi on December 04, 2017

India’s Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley, exhorted Monday 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.

Jaitley suggested that it is important for DRI to 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.

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He was addressing senior officers and staff of DRI at a function organised to mark the DRI Diamond Jubilee and DRI Foundation Day Celebrations 2017 in New Delhi.

The Finance Minister 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 import-export 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, Jaitley 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.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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