BIG STORY about Mumbai Customs ?

emails written to MUMBAI Customs. This is Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. in  business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India's largest e-governance  Yahoogroup under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA

The following are email letters written to Smt. Neerja Shah, Addl DG (Vlg), Mumbai, Requesting to provide all the information by email to me as per Right to Information Act 2005.

Smt. Neerja Shah Addl DG (VIg.) Directorate General of Vigilance, Customs and Central Excise West Zonal Unit, 4th Floor, Transport House, Poona Street, Masjid (East) Mumbai – 40009 Phone No. (022) 22619506 Fax (022) 23703133

e-mail:  adgvigwest@cbec.gov.in

mail2vigilance@indiatimes.com

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Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote:

Mon, 1 May 2006 01:28:47 -0700 (PDT)

May 1st 2006 Sub: Did MUMBAI CUSTOMS NEEDED ADVICE TO FACE ADVISORY BOARD ? Please read the following article and it talks about COFEEPOSA Advisory Board. I hope this story is real !!

MUMBAI CUSTOMS NEEDS ADVICE TO FACE ADVISORY BOARD

WITH the arrest of EoU fraudster Taufiq Haji Gaffar the Cofeposa Advisory Board is scheduled to meet to take a view on this issue. Going by the fact that the original grounds of his detention were leaked and misused by him and the apex court has vacated the Delhi HC stay on enforcement of detention and that is how his arrest came, the Mumbai Customs should be in a comfortable position. But, going by the discussions at the higher echelons in Mumbai Customs it appears that all the facts related to how Taufiq had tried to seek relief from various High Courts but was denied by all, are unlikely to be brought to the notice of the Board. How the department has also failed to fix the accountability for leakage of secret documents to the offender. But given that the matter is being heard at both the Supreme Court as well as High Court levels, the Advisory Board's verdict could be a fait accompli.

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We are requesting information from you on the following questions as per RTI Act 2005. Please provide the information by email. Emal is an efficient of communication and getting fastest way of getting information.

1. Do you know anything about this BOARD? Did you go and make presentation to this Board ?

2. If you did not make the presentation, Who made the presentation before the Advisory Board ? and What was the result ? Please provide the name of the person and results of the presentation. Please send us all the information presented by the presenter.

3. Did this person get the order confirmed ?

4. Is this person still working with you in your department ? Did that person got promotion ?

5. Is this person Valuable to your department to do these kind of work ?

I hope you provide all these information per RTI Act 2005.

If we need any more information from you we will write to you.Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA This is Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India's largest e-governance Yahoogroup under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA

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Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Mon, 1 May 2006 01:50:29 -0700 (PDT)

May 1st 2006 Sub:   IS VIGILANCE IN MUMBAI CUSTOMS A NEGLECTED OUTFIT! ?? What is happenning to Mumbai Customs Department ? Please read the following article. Again related to Mumbai Customs. WE HAVE MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS. We want to find out more information for this and what types of action you have taken on the officers and corrective measures your department has taken.

http://www.taxindiaonline.com/RC2/subCatDesc.php3?subCatDisp_Id=70&filename=pitara/insider/inside3.htm#015

VIGILANCE IN MUMBAI CUSTOMS A NEGLECTED OUTFIT!

 

HOW seriously the concept of vigilance is taken by the CBEC can be seen from the staffing pattern of Mumbai Zonal Office. Given that almost 23 per cent of its total strength happens to be in Mumbai, it has only a handful of officers posted there in the Vigilance office which is expected to keep an eye on such a large area starting from Nhava Sheva to Mulund and the seven Central Excise Commissionerates. One of the reasons for poor staffing of this office is that senior officers themselves want to keep skeleton staff there so that even if they keep an eye on one area the absolute freedom could be enjoyed in other areas. If the vigilance team makes a visit to that area next day, the players often shift to the other area. Then comes the decision to staff this outfit. First, a lot of homework goes into selecting people fit for posting there. Second, even if one or two are short listed, senior officers tend to delay their relieving. A simple inquiry into the office of the Chief Commissioner of Customs, Mumbai I, would reveal the story that for how long the list of candidates selected by the DG, Vigilance, has been pending but nothing moves there. There are chances that the CC may not be aware of this but he needs to revamp his secretariat as it appears that a lot of vested interests is controlling that place which is not in the larger interests of revenue.

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Please provide after reading the report Information on the following according to Right to Information Act 2005. Provide all information by email to me. Email is an efficient way of communication and fastest way of getting information.

1. Who was the Additional Commissioner at this time of report in Chief Commissioner's office ? Please provide the name of the person. Is he still with the department ?

2. Why is this skeleton staff issue in a department like customs where staff needed to check CORRUPTION ? Is it done intentionally ?

3. Why there is a delay according to the report ?

4. Why selected candidates by DG, Vigilance has to wait and Why it is taking time ?

5. Is your department out of Checks and Balances ?

6. Is there vested interest in your departments ?

7. Are there any relatives working in departments ?

8. Are there in any COVERUP happening because of relationship ?

9. Why there is no proper tracking of information ?

10. What are your selection procedures for these jobs ? Is this also done as favour's to people?

 

We request News Paper persons to give wide publicity on these matters of saving money for the NATION. We hope this happens.We hope CVC, CBI and others take notice of all of these things and takes ACTION on every one involved.

 

If we need any more information from you we will write to you.Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

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Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Mon, 1 May 2006 01:22:45 -0700 (PDT)

Sub: PCGT TRIES TO MAKE VIGILANCE AWARENESS WEEK A MORE MEANINGFUL EXERCISE. _________________________________

PCGT TRIES TO MAKE VIGILANCE AWARENESS WEEK A MORE MEANINGFUL EXERCISE

By TIOL News Service

MUMBAI, NOV 13 : FOR most government departments, Vigilance Awareness Week which just got over was a routine and mundane annual affair. But not for the Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT) – a public initiative to fight against corruption. It organised a function in association with CVC and ACB of Maharashtra Government where the audiences were addressed by Dr Janaki Ballabh, J F Ribeiro, Dr R K Anand and Dr P S Pasricha.

 

On this occasion, the PCGT gave away 2004 Navleen Kumar Award to five persons for their exemplary work in making a serious dent into the rapidly-fattening monster of corruption. Mumbai Cusoms Superintendent Mr V B Singh is one of the awardees this year. He was chosen for detecting the massive fraud of Surat-based EoUs.The Public Concern for Governance Trust was founded in May 2001. The trust is Registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950. PCGT strives to promote good governance and check corruption through honesty, transparency and accountability. The Trust has a strong and active Board comprising of retired civil servants, social workers and professionals, all of whom have a keen interest in, and dedication for change. The current Board of Trustees are : Mr. B.G. Deshmukh (Chairman) Mr. J.F.Ribeiro (Executive Chairman) Dr. R.K. Anand (Managing Trustee) Other Trustees:Mr. Satish Sahney Mr. Dara Gandhy Mr. Chander Uday Singh Mr. R. H. Mendonca Hon. Secretary: Mr. Adil Patuck PCGT organized the Navleen Kumar Award Function to honour the work undertaken by the late social activist Smt. Navleen Kumar, who fought for the land rights of poor and deprived tribals. Navleen was brutally murdered on the terrace of her building on June 19, 2002. For the year 2003, the award was given posthumously to Smt. Navleen Kumar. A citation and a cash award was handed over to her son Neel, studying in Mumbai. ____________________________ Please provide the following requested information by email to me. This request is per RTI Act 2005, which you need to follow by providing the requested information in this email. Email is an efficient way of communicating and obtaining information. 1. Whether this VB Singh is the same person who is being enquired by your Directorate according to one of your email on the basis of complaint by Ravinder Kumar. Please provide the answer by email to me. 2. Who recommended the name of VB Singh to Mr. B. G. Deshmukh (Chairman), Mr. J .F. Ribeiro (Executive Chairman), Dr. R. K. Anand (Managing Trustee) of PCGT and others.  We are writing an email to PCGT also on this to find out about this Award to VB Singh from your department. 3. What is status of this Massive Fraud of Surat-based EoUs ? Please give us the details of this fraud. Have you taken any action on the officials who were involved in this fraud ? Please provide the details of your action by email to me. 4. What measures have you taken to prevent these kind of frauds happenning again? Please give your actions in detail to me by email. If we need any more information from you we will write to you.Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

________________________________________ Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 20:57:05 -0700 (PDT)

Sub: Letter from Jayaprakash Narayan apologizing to Mr. V. B. Singh, Superintendent of Customs who was earlier posted as Superintendent in the Directorate General of Vigilance, on what loksatta group did to him in the group discussions. Please read this entire email, you will know how MUMBAI CUSTOMS information is spreading all over the world. You know that all News Papers are all ready writing articles on MUMBAI CUSTOMS. I am asking information from you on those anyway as per Right to Information Act 2005. Note: forwarded message attached.


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From: "Lok Satta" <loksatta@satyam.net.in>
To: loksatta_initiative@yahoogroups.com, suchetadalal@yahoo.com
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Subject: Jayaprakash Narayan's response – Lok Satta Initiative group discussion
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 17:56:05 +0530

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                    VOTEINDIA A National Campaign for Political Reforms                www.voteindia.org

Friends,

My name is Jayaprakash Narayan.

Ms Sucheta Dalal, my fellow columnist in the Financial Express, sent me an email dated April 14, bringing to my notice the heated exchanges in a discussion forum started by Lok Satta activists in Mumbai.

Being considerably deficient in internet communication, I normally do not see emails not addressed to me. In particular, I do not at all see emails in various discussion groups. There are two reasons: too many emails are sent, and there is no time to keep track, nor is there reason when they are not specifically addressed to you; much of the correspondence is far too casual and often off-the-cuff remarks and ill-thought out arguments are communicated with excessive abandon. Lok Satta groups, of course, are completely free to utilize all modern communications to serve the goals we are all endeavouring to accomplish. As a result of this, I have not followed what happened in the present discussion. Even now, I must confess that I do not really understand most of the contents of the few emails I have seen. A few days� ago, when my Secretary brought to my attention some vituperative exchanges in the discussion forum, I urged Sri Mayank Gandhi to put a stop to that, express regrets for allowing personal allegations to surface in the net, and to develop fair and strict protocols for moderating e-group discussions.

I feel a personal statement and an appeal to all participants and unsuspecting recipients of emails in the discussion group are in order.

 

1.      Personal allegations have no place in public debate. I believe this is true even if the allegations are corroborated. In public discourse on larger issues, facts supporting an argument need to be established, and arguments must be countered by better logic or different perspectives, if any. Vituperation of any kind has no place in a civilized society. In my humble judgment, even corroborated allegations have no place in a discussion, because the arguments are not about any person, but about certain ideas, institutions and reforms. Clearly, unsubstantiated personal allegations cannot, under any circumstances, be put on the net. That is a clear case of bad judgment or thoughtless action at best, and an act of unpardonable malice in the worst case. I genuinely believe that in the present case it was bad judgment and there was no malice intended. But the harm is done irrespective of intentions. As Mark Twain said, �It is insufficient compensation for a corpse to know that the dynamite that has laid him out was of poor quality.� Therefore, on behalf of Lok Satta, and in my personal behalf, I humbly and unreservedly apologize to Sri VB Singh for this appalling lapse of judgment. I urge the moderators to publicly withdraw the defamatory email, and I request all the participants to treat it as withdrawn. This sorry chapter may be closed.

 

2.      This unhappy experience highlights the need for developing strict protocols for conducting discussion in email groups. I would urge the moderators to solicit views of all participants and develop fair, objective and strict protocols regarding contents and display. While freedom of speech and power of ideas should never be curbed, personal allegations, vituperative language, questioning each other�s motives, and insults are both puerile and counterproductive.

3. The poet Yeats wrote in �The Second Coming�

�The Best lack all conviction; and

The Worst are full of passionate intensity�

It is one of the disquieting features of our public life that those who genuinely desire to improve our democracy do not always exhibit wisdom or restraint. While conviction cannot be doubted, the passion for outcomes and the skills to build a consensus as well as achieve those outcomes are singularly missing. All of us who care deeply for democracy, liberty, better governance, probity in public life, passion for justice and commitment for opportunities for vertical mobility for all have an obligation to focus on the outcomes and moderate our language.

We, as a people, are prone to loud argument and personal bickering, little realizing that facts and logic are the only tools required to win an argument fairly. We have so much to do, and so few of us who have the opportunity to make a difference. I most respectfully urge all friends to support and strengthen each other. It is so easy to oppose something; but it is much harder to synthesize and harmonize, and work for something concrete. Synthesis and harmony are the stuff of civilized societies and robust democracies. We are both a civilized society with long and rich history and a robust democracy. Let us focus on goals and discover the common purpose.

I appeal to all friends to forgive me for inflicting this long sermon. The internet is truly an intrusive instrument! I promise you that I will once again lapse into silence.

Wish you all the very best in your endeavours.

With warm regards,

 

Jayaprakash Narayan

National Coordinator

LOK SATTA & VOTEINDIA

***************************** LOK SATTA 401/ 408, Nirmal Towers Dwarakapuri Colony, Punjagutta Hyderabad – 500082 Tel: 91-40-2335 0778 / 2335 0790 Fax: 91-40-2335 0783 E-mail: loksatta@satyam.net.in Web: www.loksatta.org __________________________________ This email was written by Jayaprakash Narayan, BECAUSE in loksatta_initiative group in MUMBAI, they were using the information given by Mr. C. M. Sharma, former  Additional Collector of Customs and Joint Director, DRI. and others to MALIGN and DEMOROLIZE Mr. V. B. Singh who was posted as Superintendent of Vigilance, Directorate General of Vigilance , CCE, West Zone Unit. When you read the letter, then you will know what was happenning in loksatta group. They were TARNISHING the name of Mr. V. B. Singh and his family. This was not called for in any group. Why would Jayaprakash Narayan write this letter ? He saw wrong has been done on a person called Mr. V. B. Singh,  Superintendent of Vigilance, Directorate General of Vigilance , CCE, West Zone Unit. You know why Jayaprakash Narayan of lok satta wrote this letter, he knew who Mr. V. B Singh is: PCGT TRIES TO MAKE VIGILANCE AWARENESS WEEK A MORE MEANINGFUL EXERCISE On this occasion, on November 13 th 2004, the PCGT gave away 2004 Navleen Kumar Award to five persons for their exemplary work in making a serious dent into the rapidly-fattening monster of corruption. Mumbai Customs Superintendent Mr V B Singh is one of the awardees this year. He was chosen for detecting the massive fraud of Surat-based EoUs. Did you know about this ?? Do you know anything about this Massive Fraud of Surat-based EoUs ? Can you send information on this case please !!!! Is't this Mr. V. B. Singh a great person to work with and to have work in any department and give him promotion and recommend him for more of this kind of work !!! It looks like all of this was INSTIGATED by Mr. C. M. Sharma, former  Additional Collector of Customs and Joint Director, DRI., who is a member of lok satta group and others in the group.  How would the lok satta group know what was exactly happenning in MUMBAI CUSTOMS Department !! This group has all kinds of information on Mr. V. B. Singh. This looks like the job of a person who has worked in MUMBAI CUSTOMS who wanted to put down Mr. V. B. Singh. I would like to find out from you whether Mr. C. M. Sharma worked with Mr. V. B. Singh in Mumbai Customs Department. Also Mr. C. M. Sharma might have contacts with one Mr. Ravinder Kumar who has complained against Mr. V. B. Singh. All of this happened at the same time in 2005. Is that a COINCIDENCE or WHAT ? Mr. C. M. Sharma might have INSTIGATED Mr. Ravinder Kumar to make a complain against Mr. V. B. Singh. There is all kinds of possibilities involved here. AFTER  you reading this entire email letter, we want proper action on this person Mr. C. M. Sharma, who was working for MUMBAI CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT and now he is retired.  Anyway this email will go to all higher officials in Govt. of INDIA including President of INDIA, CVC, CBI, CAG, PM and others from CBEC, if we do not get proper response from you and your office. Also it will go to all News Papers and TV reporting for wider circulation.  If we need any more information from you we will write to you.Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

__________________________________________ Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:22:49 -0700 (PDT)Re: What action have you taken on SURAT EXCISE REBATE SCAM : MOF TOPBRASS GRANTS NO REBATE TO 46 OFFICERS; ORDERS SUSPENSION OF 42 OFFICERS; FOUR TRANSFERRED OUT // Did you SUSPEND any one ? Who was the Investigating Officer in Vigilance of this Surat Case

Sub:  SURAT EXCISE REBATE SCAM : MOF TOPBRASS GRANTS NO REBATE TO 46 OFFICERS; ORDERS SUSPENSION OF 42 OFFICERS; FOUR TRANSFERRED OUT Have you read the following report and article?. Does this case exist in your department ? We are asking for information from your department as per Right to Information Act 2005. You are asking us to come into your office. We are entitled for information from your office.I hope Press and Media Persons from all agencies take a note of this. Press persons should read your email to me which is coied at the end of this email. Thye will know what is happening.  Why you have not taken action on so many officers of Cutoms Department. Why you are allowing them to retire without any actions on them?  Are you COVERING for OFFICERS from your department ? ———————————— SURAT EXCISE REBATE SCAM : MOF TOPBRASS GRANTS NO REBATE TO 46 OFFICERS; ORDERS SUSPENSION OF 42 OFFICERS; FOUR TRANSFERRED OUTBy TIOL News ServiceAHMEDABAD, DEC 3 : EVERY scam carries worms of destruction in its own womb. And this is what has happened even in the case of Surat Central Excise Commissionerate-I. The CBEC has finally granted no administrative rebate to all those officers who are either suspected to be involved or administratively reponsible for the multi-crore excise rebate scam. In a decision which may lead the investigation to reach some conclusive stage later, the MoF top brass has given instructions to the concerned Chief Commissioner and Commissioners to suspend as many as 42 officers of the ranks of Superintendent and Inspectors. Four Group A officers have also been transferred in this connection (See order given below). At a later date they are also likely to be placed under suspension for their failure or suspected partial involvement in this case. Out of 42 officers, two each are from Vapi and Daman and the rest 38 are from Surat I. Interestingly, highly-placed sources told TIOL that all these suspensions are related to Rs 12.5 crore scam brought to the notice of the Board from Surat I Commissionerate alone. A proper investigation is pending against other Commissionerates. Then, the moot question arises that what about those officers who may be involved in old cases. This Rs 12.5 crore case is only for this year. But the scam has been going on for the past two years but none bothered to stop it. The dimension of the scam in Surat II and other neighbouring Commissionerates could be more horrendous. Then comes the question of what is CBEC doing to detect similar scams in other Commissionerates in other cities. This modus operandi of faking shipping bills and diverting goods may have spread to various other cities as these scamsters normally have wider network and once get caught at one place they simply move to other cities. Since the Department has been pathetically slow in responding to this emergency situation, a proper probe may unearth similar scams at other places. Worse, though the department is learnt to have arrested more than 35 persons in this connection but no recovery has been made. The focus of the preventive effort should be to recover the revenue lost rather than putting them behind the bars. Since no revenue has been recovered it tends to indicate that there are bigger sharks involved in the case and the department has not made any effort to reach up to them. Unless their financial backbone is broken these sharks would be able to hire a battery of lawyers and may escape the dragnet of law. Besides, the lapse on part of the field formations, the CBEC also cannot escape from its own share of blame. It needs to examine the scheme and take adequate measures to plug the loopholes so that similar scams do not take place again. But, is there going to be any policy change in the coming weeks? Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Revenue Central Board of Excise and Customs Dated: December 2, 2004 OFFICE ORDER NO 215/2004 Following transfers & postings in the grade of Deputy/Assistant Commissioner of Customs & Central Excise are hereby ordered with immediate effect and until further orders 1. Shri G.S. Purohit, Deputy Commissioner from Surat Central Excise to Dibrugarh, Central Excise 2. Shri A.K. Agarwal, Deputy Commissioner from Surat Central Excise to DGICCE, Delhi 3. Shri M.P. Solanki, Assistant Commissioner from Surat Central Excise to Kolkata, Central Excise 4. Shri Dharmendra Singh, Assistant Commissioner from Surat Central Excise to Vishakhapatnam, Central Excise (P.SASIKUMAR) For/Under Secretary to the Govt. of India __________________________________________________ Please provide the following informatio by email to us. BY EMAIL. Email is the efficient way of keeping in communication. We want our information by email. We are requesting all of this information as per Right to Information Act 2005.1. Have you suspended any customs officiers after this case ? If you did, who are the those officers ? 2. Did this case happen or not ? 3. If YES, Who was the Investigating Officer in Vigilance Department for this case to be unearthed? Please give details about that officer ? 4. Are these four officers SUSPENDED now? If not WHY ? What is the reason you have not taken any action on these four and others who were involved? Why all of the cases from your department is not posted on the website. CVC rules states that you need to publish them for the benefit of Citizens of INDIA. Please provide all information as quickly as possible. We want to post it on our website. If we need any more information we will write to you. Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

____________________________________________________ Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 20:12:30 -0700 (PDT)Re: Loksatta is a non-partisan movement for democratic reforms and has been requested by the Central Board of Excise and Customs/ Central Vigilance Commission to prepare a report for simplifying the procedure in Central Excise and Service Tax Matters.

May 1st 2006 Sub: How did we get the information on MUMBAI CUSTOMS and still getting more information on a daily basis. (a) Got some of the important information from loksatta_initiative group discussions & emails. (b). Lots of information about MUMBAI CUSTOMS are out in the PUBLIC DOMAIN. Lots of people know about this. (c). Number of News paper articles on Mumbai Customs. (d). By talking to Journalists and Editors. They send more information.

Loksatta is a non-partisan movement for democratic reforms and has been requested by the Central Board of Excise and Customs/ Central Vigilance Commission to prepare a report for simplifying the procedure in Central Excise and Service Tax Matters.

This report has been prepared by the Maharashtra Chapter of Loksatta, after inviting suggestions from a number of organizations/ chambers in Maharashtra and interacting with several specialists in the field.

Jayaprakash Narayan (loksatta@satyam.net.in) from Hyderabad started the lok satta group. He is a member of NAC and Administrative Reforms Committe. He is also on CVC panel. He is an IAS officer from Andhra Pradesh. A copy of the letter written by him is copied here for your reference and file. Here he has detailed how they want to work with people to promote and their strategies.

I was made a member of this loksatta_initiative group by Mayank Gandhi. Now they have removed me as a member because I started questioning the groups intentions and working relationships. How they were posting some emails without regard for personal life of people. This following is one of the email which has gone to the group WRITTEN by Jayaprakash Narayan Founder of loksatta sent be one of the members of lokasatta explaining how they will do work in loksatta.

From: Surendra Srivastava - surendra.srivastava@gmail.com,

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 10:58:13 AM

Subject: Re : Central excise department reforms – This is an opportunity for making Indian Industry competitive & take on China. Please join hands &lendyour voice and support

For information to all & for preparation accordingly.VOTEINDIA A National Campaign for Political Reforms www.voteindia.org Dear Sri Surendra Srivastava ji,As you are aware, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) are interested in introducing reforms in the functioning of the Customs and Central Excise departments. Towards this end, they have invited suggestions from Lok Satta for simplification of procedures. In order to facilitate procedural reforms, Lok Satta has interacted with members from industry, tax consultants and with officials from customs and central excise to prepare the draft recommendations. We thank you for sending inputs on various themes pertaining to customs and central excise, which have been of great help to us. We have made draft recommendations incorporating the suggestions sent by you, and a copy of the draft recommendations has been forwarded to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for further discussion. At the suggestion of the CVC, we propose to organize a two-day interactive workshop in Hyderabad on 15th and 16th June with participation from members from industry, the department and civil society. The chairman and members of the Central Vigilance Commission, the members of CBEC, and senior officials of Union Finance ministry will participate in the two-day workshop. The suggested recommendations will be discussed in detail after which an action plan will be finalized. The inaugural session will consist of presentation, followed by a question and answer session. The afternoon session will consist of participants divided into groups to study the specific recommendations in greater detail. On the second day, in the plenary session, the reports of these groups will be presented and discussed in detail, and a view will be taken on each recommendation. There will be a concluding press meet addressed by CBEC members and CVC. Approximately 50-60 people from industry, concerned departments and domain experts, among others, will be participating in the workshop. I am sending a copy of the draft recommendations in power point format and a brief note on suggested reforms for your perusal. Please do send your comments and suggestion in advance so that we would be in a position to integrate them for further discussion in the workshop. As discussed with you, we propose to hold a second workshop in Mumbai on 22nd and 23rd June on the same lines. Hence, if a team from Mumbai can attend the workshop in Hyderabad, they will get the feel of the workshop which would enable them to improvise and take forward the customs and central excise reform agenda in Mumbai. With regards, Jayaprakash Narayan LOK SATTA 401/ 408, Nirmal Towers Dwarakapuri Colony, Punjagutta Hyderabad – 500082 Tel: 91-40-2335 0778 / 2335 0790 Fax: 91-40-2335 0783 E-mail: loksatta@satyam.net.in Web: www.loksatta.org __________________________ Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) are interested in introducing reforms in the functioning of the Customs and Central Excise departments.The Committee from the Maharashtra Chapter of Loksatta which tackled this issue comprised of the following persons:

Mr. Shailesh Haribhakti …….Chairperson

Mr. Hansel D’Souza

Mr. S. S. Gupta

Mr. Harish Mangal

Mr. Ameet Hariani ………… Coordinator

Mr. Surendra Srivastava – surendra.srivastava@gmail.com, Mr. Mayank Gandhi - modelle@vsnl.net and  Mr. Sudipt Sen – sudiptsen@yahoo.co.in were permanent invitees to the Committee.

Mr. C. M. Sharma, – cms_929@yahoo.co.in,   former Additional Collector of Customs and Joint Director, DRI , Provided some suggestions to loksatta group.Mr. V. B. Singh -  vijay_bsingh@yahoo.co.in, Superintendent of Vigilance, Directorate General of Vigilance , CCE, West Zone Unit, also one of the participants in the discussion in lokasatta group.

During these discussions for Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) who were interested in introducing reforms in the functioning of the Customs and Central Excise departments. The group members got lots of information from Mr. C. M. Sharma, former  Additional Collector of Customs and Joint Director, DRI. The group members also got information from Mr. V. B. Singh, Superintendent of Vigilance, Directorate General of Vigilance , CCE, West Zone Unit.

Mr. C. M. Sharma is the one who has given most of the information which are circulated among members of lok satta initiative Yahoogroup. This information has gone out to lots of members all over INDIA. That is the power of Internet !!

Members of lok satta group has even more information which they are circulating among their membership. I can't get them anymore because they removed me from membership.

As you know once it gets on World Wide Web, you can't stop. It goes to MILLION people all over the world. If we need any more information from you we will write to you.Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

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Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:18:51 -0700 (PDT)Re: All emails have to be duly catalogued and indexed as per Right to Information Act 2005. // E-mail is an efficient and timely communication tool as per DARPG guidelines

April 30th 2006 This is Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India's largest e-governance Yahoogroup under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA  eGovINDIA, INDIA WBA, EKAVI and INDIA RTI has taken up several matters and issues in their forum to discuss and to bring into national level and attention of CVC, CAG, CBI, CBEC, Supreeme Court, High Courts, State Officials and Highest officials in INDIA. One of the issue is on relevance of e-governance in building a knowledge super power. eGovINDIA has submitted a write up to National Knowledge Commission.   eGovINDIA, INDIA WBA, EKAVI and INDIA RTI has taken up another matter and issues of CBEC in their forum so that the corrupt officers are unable to scuttle the sensitive investigations and do not go unpunished. The honest officers should not be intimidated by the corrupt officers having backing of senior officers and ministers.Today the honest officers of Customs and Central Excise and their families are feeling insecure due to the criminal attitude of corrupts who all are ganging up together due to blessings of senior officers of the department and CBEC. INDIA WBA has taken up the issues of WHISTLEBLOWERS in INDIA. IndiaWhistleBlowerAct:TheActionGroup http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIA_WBA INDIA RTI has taken up issues related Right to Information for all in INDIA. RighttoInformationinINDIAdiscussiongroup http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIARTI _______________We get lots of information on websites, Internet , Yahoogroups, and from universities. We would like to metion the following information to you.

All emails have to be duly catalogued and indexed as per Right to Information Act 2005.

Right to information and obligations of public authorities

3     Subject to the provisions of this Act, all citizens shall have the right to information. 4 (1)   Every public authority shall�     (a) maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerized are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerized and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated; _______________________________________________ E-mail is an efficient and timely communication tool as per DARPG guidelines.

E-mail is an efficient and timely communication tool used to carry out departmental activities and to conduct business within the Government of India, with business partners and with citizens. E-mail has become an important component of any office automation system. It expedites exchange of information, speeds up the decision making process and reduces paperwork, resulting in increased productivity, reduced costs and better delivery of services and programmes.

 

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_______________________________________________                          We are requesting information from your department as per Right to Information Act 2005. It your duty to ptovide the information by email.There are so many paper articles on the answers we are seeking from your department. We are in the process of filing formal complaint with CVC and CBC. We would like to bring to your notice the recent CVC ruling. CVC Circular No.16/3/06 dated 28.03.2006 issued from No. 006/VGL/022  http://cvc.nic.in/006vgl022.pdf This is a CVC circular which promises to protect the vigilance officer against the victimization by senior officers. We are filing complaint with Lokayuktha and filing PIL's on certain cases. ___________________ Read this: Customs officer goes scot-free This news story has appeared on 14.04.2006 in page # 5 of Mumbai Edition of Times of India. Customs officer goes scot-free

 

By Pranati Mehra/TNN

Mumbai: Despite the corruption charge brought by an US company against a customs appraiser being proved, the department has not taken any action against the erring officer. 

The officer was posted in the GATT valuation cell of Mumbai customs. In December 2005, he allegedly demanded Rs 50,000 from the customs house agent (CHA) of the US firm, N G Joshi Clearing and Forwarding Pvt Ltd, just to hand over a copy of a valuation order with regard to certain imports made by the company. The order was passed by a deputy commissioner and all that the appraiser was required to do was to pass it on to the CHA. The firm refused to cough up the money and instead complained to the vigilance wing of the customs, which confirmed the charge. When the appraiser got wind of the probe, he quietly posted the order to the company. 

Despite the charge being found to be true, no action has been taken against the appraiser, who is now working in the bond and bank guarantees section of the customs. The probe also revealed that in another case too he had held back the valuation order. 

The central vigilance commissioner�s instructions in this regard are clear: In serious cases of corruption the officer must be suspended. But these instructions are reportedly being flouted with impunity by the customs department here. Both the chief commissioner, K M Tiwari and commissioner (general) N Sasidharan were unavailable for comment.

Did you take any action on this Customs officier ? I hope you will provide answers to all of our questions  previuosly asked and asking in this email as per the Right to Information Act 2005.Expecting all the information by email. Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

___________________________________ Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:44:19 -0700 (PDT)

Sub: IS MUMBAI CUSTOMS' CIU GETTING SUFFOCATED BY CC UNIT CUSTODIANS! ?? // What is happening to this file ?? // Who was the champion of the CC Unit who put noting 'Reorient & redraft' the show cause notice in the file ?? //Please read the following article. We hope this is not a made up story. Otherwise you would have taken action against the person who reported this story. MUMBAI CUSTOMS' CIU GETTING SUFFOCATED BY CC UNIT CUSTODIANS! IT can happen only in Mumbai Customs. Though the CC unit has nothing to do with the investigation but the champions of this unit, contrary to the Chief Commissioner's desire, never mind putting thier noting on the file : 'Reorient & redraft' the show cause notice. This is the story of import of a yatch made under EPCG scheme by the Indian Hotels Corporation of Tata Group. Given that the import of second-hand capital goods is not allowed, having got intelligence the CIU of Mumbai Customs launched a probe and went to the extent of summoning even the high-profile MD of the company Mr Krishan Kumar. Then began a race to bail out the company and some high-profile men who were to be questioned in the case. And even before an SCN could be issued in this Rs one crore case (file No CIU-GEN-47/2002), some forces called for the file and made some noting and also gave some verbal instructions. Going purely by the procedures, the CC unit has nothing to do with a case under investigation but it did manage to expand its official ambit and did what normally a Customs Officer would not do! But it was done and many senior officers are aware of this issue but efforts are more geared towards bailing out people rather than recovering revenue! Worse, even CIU officials have been behaving too meekly and allowing many outsiders to poach on thier working and domain. As a result, some of the officials who had joined this unit with strong commitment later developed cold feet and ran away to other offices for much greener pastures. _______________________________I hope you know about this. Otherwise read and give us the following requested information by email to us as per Right to information Act 2005. These are important for the NATION.  So it is Mumbai Customs Department should be under INVESTIGATION by CVC, CAG, CBI and by order of President of INDIA. We need to know the following information by email to us as per RTI Act 2005. 1. What is the STATUS of this file ? Please let us know. 2. Who was the champion of the CC Unit who put noting 'Reorient & redraft' the show cause notice in the file ? Please provide detail information on this. Notings are important to know about the intentions of puting that note. As per RTI Act 2005 Notings are part of the file. 3. Instead you asking questions about CIU in an email to me, Please read this report and provide details of CIU getting suffocated by CC Unit? Can you elaborate and give us the details on what is happening at at Mumbai Customs. 4. Are you protecting any officials of Customs Department ? Is there any Cover up here ? 5. Who was the, THEN Additional Commissioner of Customs, Chief Commissioner's Office, Mumbai -I, when this Investigation of going on by CC unit ? What is his name ? What is he doing with your department now ? What action have you taken on this Additional Commissioner of Customs ? Please give us the details. 6. Who was Deputy Commissioner of Central Intelligence Unit when this file was opened ? Give details of Deputy Commissioner of CIU please. 7. If you have any other information on CIU, please provide that also. We hope News paper Editors, Journalists makes all of this as a NATIONAL NEWS so that we can bring TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY in MUMBAI CUSTOMS HOUSE at all locations. This is high time we get support from TV media also. We hope some one will take all of this TV and NEWS media for WIDER pubilcity and to all over INDIA. If we need any more information from you we will write to you.Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

________________________________________ Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 07:42:50 -0700 (PDT)Re: Did Nhava Sheva, Mumbai Custom House and CFS Mulund Customs officials help fraudsters ? WHAT action have you taken on these Customs Officials ? Who are those officials ??  Rs 300 crore EXCISE REBATE SCAM UNEARTHED IN SURAT BUT CBEC TOP BRASS YET TO ACT AGAINST CONNIVING OFFICIALS!   

Sub: Did Nhava Sheva, Mumbai Custom House and CFS Mulund Customs officials help fraudsters ? WHAT action have you taken on these Customs Officials ? Who are those officials ??Rs 300 crore EXCISE REBATE SCAM UNEARTHED IN SURAT BUT CBEC TOPBRASS YET TO ACT AGAINST CONNIVING OFFICIALS! http://www.taxindiaonline.com/RC2/inside2.php3?filename=bnews_detail.php3&newsid =167&PHPSESSID=676941f326a4b526a5884505a209f820 By TIOL News Service

SURAT, NOV 18 : EVERY revenue scam exposes the inadequacy in the existing monitoring mechanism. And this is what can be abundantly seen in the recently-detected excise rebate scam of more than Rs 300 crore! What makes it more glaring and smells of deep-rooted connivance of not only junior but even some of senior revenue officials is its genesis in the year 2002-03 and the improvised modus operani.

Taking undue advantage of non-computerised CFS Mulund (TIOL had earlier predicted its scam potential in a series of articles), a large number of exporters forged the genuine shipping bills by simply putting their names and allowing other details to remain the same and went on availing excise rebate for exports of man made fabrics.

Though about 10 of such exporters have been arrested by the Preventive so far but the fact remains that these exporters had obtained IEC from jurisdictional DGFT office by furnishing fake addresses and continued to claim rebate by churing out bogus documents having signature of customs officers.

It is learnt that with the help of Nhava Sheva, Mumbai Custom House and CFS Mulund Customs officials these fraudsters continued to outshine notorious Taufiq of EoU scam. And, with the help of shroffs they continued to encash their cheques at discounted rates. Sources

In Surat I Commissionerate alone, the total such rebate sanctioned is in the range of Rs 96 crore last year and more than Rs 86 crore this year so far. The fraud came to be detected when it was seen that the revenue realised from man made fabrics was much lower than the rebate sanctioned. This indeed alarmed several senior revenue officials and then a probe began.

Though the actual dimension of the fraud is yet to quantified by a rough estimate pegs it at more than Rs 300 crore, including Surat II and other neighbouring commissionerates. And what indicates excise officials' connivance is the blatantly fake documents and shipping bills which also indicate the period of exports after the rebate was claimed but none in the department looked into it.

It is learnt that the Directorate of Vigilance is seized of the matter and the Board may take some harsh decisions soon. Though the scam was detected five months and the on-going investigation has unearthed shocking dimension of the scam what is CBEC topbrass waiting for before ordering suspension of some of the obvious conniving ones is not known. But the Finance Minister, who believes that the revenue saved from scam is revenue earned, may take a decision soon. ______________________________________________Have read this article ? Do you know anything about this case which is reported here above in the article ? Does it come under your jurisdiction and authority ? What have you done on taking Actions on the officials ? Please provide answers to all the above questions and also to the following questions. We are REQUESTING these information as per Right to Information Act 2005. We want all answers by way of email to us. Email is an efficient way of communicating and getting informations fast. We hope you will provide all the information. 1. Who are in charge of Nhava Sheva, Mumbai Custom House and CFS Mulund Customs ? Please provide the names and address and email ID's and phone numbers. 2. Did you suspend these officers from Nhava Sheva, Mumbai Custom House and CFS Mulund Customs ? Please provide the information. 3. If you did not suspend these officers from Nhava Sheva, Mumbai Custom House and CFS Mulund Customs, What are the reasons for not suspending ? 4. Any actions so far at all on these officers from Nhava Sheva, Mumbai Custom House and CFS Mulund Customs ? Please specify and provide the information. 5. Who is the Investigating officer in this case? Have you taken any actions on this Investigating officer ? Please specify and provide the information by email. 6. Please provide all information by email to save time and for qucik resolutions and for quick actions. We request News Paper persons to give wide publicity on these matters of saving money for the NATION. We hope this happens. We hope CVC, CBI and others take notice of all of these things and takes ACTION on every one involved. If we need any more information from you we will write to you.Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

___________________________________ Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 06:42:04 -0700 (PDT)Re: What action have you taken on SURAT EXCISE REBATE SCAM : MOF TOPBRASS GRANTS NO REBATE TO 46 OFFICERS; ORDERS SUSPENSION OF 42 OFFICERS; FOUR TRANSFERRED OUT // Did you SUSPEND any one ? Who was the Investigating Officer in Vigilance of this Surat Case ?

Sub:  SURAT EXCISE REBATE SCAM : MOF TOPBRASS GRANTS NO REBATE TO 46 OFFICERS; ORDERS SUSPENSION OF 42 OFFICERS; FOUR TRANSFERRED OUT Have you read the follwoing report and article?. Does this case exist in your department ? We are asking information from your department as per Right to Information Act 2005. You are asking us to come into your office. We are entitled for information from your office.I hope Press People from all agencies take a note of this. Press persons should read your email to me which is coied at the end of this email. Thye will know what is happening.  Why you have not taken action on so many officers of Cutoms Department. Why you are allowing them to retire without any actions on them?  Are you COVERING for OFFICERS from your department ? ———————————— SURAT EXCISE REBATE SCAM : MOF TOPBRASS GRANTS NO REBATE TO 46 OFFICERS; ORDERS SUSPENSION OF 42 OFFICERS; FOUR TRANSFERRED OUTBy TIOL News Service AHMEDABAD, DEC 3 : EVERY scam carries worms of destruction in its own womb. And this is what has happened even in the case of Surat Central Excise Commissionerate-I. The CBEC has finally granted no administrative rebate to all those officers who are either suspected to be involved or administratively reponsible for the multi-crore excise rebate scam. In a decision which may lead the investigation to reach some conclusive stage later, the MoF topbrass has given instructions to the concerned Chief Commissioner and Commissioners to suspend as many as 42 officers of the ranks of Superintendent and Inspectors. Four Group A officers have also been transferred in this connection (See order given below). At a later date they are also likely to be placed under suspension for their failure or suspected partial involvement in this case. Out of 42 officers, two each are from Vapi and Daman and the rest 38 are from Surat I. Interestingly, highly-placed sources told TIOL that all these suspensions are related to Rs 12.5 crore scam brought to the notice of the Board from Surat I Commissionerate alone. A proper investigation is pending against other Commissionerates. Then, the moot question arises that what about those officers who may be involved in old cases. This Rs 12.5 crore case is only for this year. But the scam has been going on for the past two years but none bothered to stop it. The dimension of the scam in Surat II and other neighbouring Commissionerates could be more horrendous. Then comes the question of what is CBEC doing to detect similar scams in other Commissionerates in other cities. This modus operandi of faking shipping bills and diverting goods may have spread to various other cities as these scamsters normally have wider network and once get caught at one place they simply move to other cities. Since the Department has been pathetically slow in responding to this emergency situation, a proper probe may unearth similar scams at other places. Worse, though the department is learnt to have arrested more than 35 persons in this connection but no recovery has been made. The focus of the preventive effort should be to recover the revenue lost rather than putting them behind the bars. Since no revenue has been recovered it tends to indicate that there are bigger sharks involved in the case and the department has not made any effort to reach up to them. Unless their financial backbone is broken these sharks would be able to hire a battery of lawyers and may escape the dragnet of law. Besides, the lapse on part of the field formations, the CBEC also cannot escape from its own share of blame. It needs to examine the scheme and take adequate measures to plug the loopholes so that similar scams do not take place again. But, is there going to be any policy change in the coming weeks? Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Revenue Central Board of Excise and Customs Dated: December 2, 2004 OFFICE ORDER NO 215/2004 Following transfers & postings in the grade of Deputy/Assistant Commissioner of Customs & Central Excise are hereby ordered with immediate effect and until further orders 1. Shri G.S. Purohit, Deputy Commissioner from Surat Central Excise to Dibrugarh, Central Excise 2. Shri A.K. Agarwal, Deputy Commissioner from Surat Central Excise to DGICCE, Delhi 3. Shri M.P. Solanki, Assistant Commissioner from Surat Central Excise to Kolkata, Central Excise 4. Shri Dharmendra Singh, Assistant Commissioner from Surat Central Excise to Vishakhapatnam, Central Excise (P.SASIKUMAR) For/Under Secretary to the Govt. of India __________________________________________________ Please provide the following informatio by email to us. BY EMAIL. Email is the efficient way of keeping in communication. We want our information by email. We are requesting all of this information as per Right to Information Act 2005.1. Have you suspended any customs officiers after this case ? If you did, who are the those officers ? 2. Did this case happen or not ? 3. If YES, Who was the Investigating Officer in Vigilance Department for this case to be unearthed? Please give details about that officer ? 4. Are these four officers SUSPENDED now? If not WHY ? What is the reason you have not taken any action on these four and others who were involved? Why all of the cases from your department is not posted on the website. CVC rules states that you need to publish them for the benefit of Citizens of INDIA. Please provide all information as quickly as possible. We want to post it on our website. If we need ann more information we will write to you. Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

__________________________________________ Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 05:08:44 -0700 (PDT)Re: Provide Information on this. What ACTION you have taken in "Rs 100 crore scam at the JNPT port in Nava Sheva" //  DRI unearths 100-cr scam at JNPT port //

Sub: "Rs 100 crore scam at the JNPT port in Nava Sheva" //  DRI unearths 100-cr scam at JNPT port // Please go through this report. This is not made up story. As per Right to Information Act 2005, We are asking for DETAILED information on this report of DRI. DRI unearths 100-cr scam at JNPT port http://www.mumbaimirror.com/nmirror/search/mmsearch.asp?query=§id=2&articleid=71520052320357817152005232015859&pubyear=2005&pubday=16&pubmth=7 

DRI unearths 100-cr scam at JNPT port
Saturday, July 16, 2005 | City
Evidence shows cosy nexus between smugglers and customs officials
Ashish Khetan
After the Chhota Rajan arms haul, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has unearthed a Rs 100 crore scam at the JNPT port in Nava Sheva involving smugglers in league with customs officers. As many as 45 cases have come to the fore in which customs officers generated shipping bills and export orders for consignments that existed only on paper in the last six months. The documents for the bogus exports were generated to get drawbacks from the government and thus earn money. The government gives a drawback of 7 per cent on the value of exported items. �At this stage I can only say that we have launched the investigations into these fake exports and will share the findings with you at an appropriate time,� said DRI Deputy Director Yashodhan Wange to Mumbai Mirror.Sources said the investigation was launched in the second week of June and the DRI is under pressure to soft-peddle it as heads of dozens of officers, up to the level of assistant commissioners and deputy commissioners, could roll if the probe is taken to its logical conclusion. Incidentally, neither the Customs department nor the DRI has fixed responsibility on any official for the arms haul seized in May. Sources said a Let Export Orders (LEO), hundreds of which have been generated from the port during past six months, is issued only after the instructions of an assistant commissioner or deputy commissioner. For exporting a consignment an exporter has to first submit his papers to a clerk. The papers are examined by a superintendent or a preventive officer. They are then checked by an assistant commissioner or a deputy commissioner following which a LEO is issued. After that, the shipping agent �stuffs� the goods in the container under the supervision of a customs official following which the container is sealed and ready for the export. The fact that the smugglers succeeded in getting all the documents, points towards a nexus of fraudsters and customs officers at every level.Customs officers generated shipping bills and export orders for consignments that existed only on paper in the last six months

______________________________________PROVIDE Information on the following becuase of DRI report. 1. Who are involved in DRI unearths 100-cr scam at JNPT port 2. Names of Custom Officials involved here in the port of Nava Sheva. 3. How did Customs Officers generated shipping bills and export orders? 4. Why consignments existed only on paper? 5. Did you SUSPEND the CUSTOM OFFICIALS here? 5. Are you protecting any Custom Officials here according to the report ? 6. Is your procedures corrected after this report ? Is it on the website of your department / 7. Are all cases reported by DRI are on website of your department ? If it is not there, WHY it is not there? TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY is more important in a department like yours. Please provide in detail, what actions you have taken in bringing TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY in your department ? 8. How did you allow this NEXUS to develop between Customs Officials and fradusters ? What action has been taken on you by higher authorities on you ?These are all information we want according to Right to Information Act 2005. I hope you know the procedures to follow and provide all the information. Do not ask us questions. You provide the answers. Citizens have RIGHT to ask questions on CORRUPTION that is happenning like this. We are awaiting for response from you. According to Laws of INDIA, you need to provide all this information by email to us. Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

______________________________________ Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 20:07:44 -0700 (PDT)Re: All emails have to be duly catalogued and indexed as per Right to Information Act 2005. //  E-mail is an efficient and timely communication tool as per DARPG guidelines

April 30th 2006This is Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India's largest e-governance Yahoogroup under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA  eGovINDIA, INDIA WBA, EKAVI and INDIA RTI has taken up several matters and issues in their forum to discuss and to bring into national level and attention of CVC, CAG, CBI, CBEC, Supreeme Court, High Courts, State Officials and Highest officials in INDIA. One of the issue is on relevance of e-governance in building a knowledge super power. eGovINDIA has submitted a write up to National Knowledge Commission.   eGovINDIA, INDIA WBA, EKAVI and INDIA RTI has taken up another matter and issues of CBEC in their forum so that the corrupt officers are unable to scuttle the sensitive investigations and do not go unpunished. The honest officers should not be intimidated by the corrupt officers having backing of senior officers and ministers.Today the honest officers of Customs and Central Excise and their families are feeling insecure due to the criminal attitude of corrupts who all are ganging up together due to blessings of senior officers of the department and CBEC. INDIA WBA has taken up the issues of WHISTLEBLOWERS in INDIA. IndiaWhistleBlowerAct:TheActionGroup http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIA_WBA INDIA RTI has taken up issues related Right to Information for all in INDIA. RighttoInformationinINDIAdiscussiongroup http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIARTI _______________ We get lots of information on websites, Internet , Yahoogroups, and from universities.We would like to metion the following information to you.

All emails have to be duly catalogued and indexed as per Right to Information Act 2005.

Right to information and obligations of public authorities

3     Subject to the provisions of this Act, all citizens shall have the right to information. 4 (1)   Every public authority shall�     (a) maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerized are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerized and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated; _______________________________________________ E-mail is an efficient and timely communication tool as per DARPG guidelines.

E-mail is an efficient and timely communication tool used to carry out departmental activities and to conduct business within the Government of India, with business partners and with citizens. E-mail has become an important component of any office automation system. It expedites exchange of information, speeds up the decision making process and reduces paperwork, resulting in increased productivity, reduced costs and better delivery of services and programmes.

 

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_______________________________________________                          We are requesting information from your department as per Right to Information Act 2005. It your duty to ptovide the information by email.There are so many paper articles on the answers we are seeking from your department. We are in the process of filing formal complaint with CVC and CBC. We would like to bring to your notice the recent CVC ruling. CVC Circular No.16/3/06 dated 28.03.2006 issued from No. 006/VGL/022  http://cvc.nic.in/006vgl022.pdf This is a CVC circular which promises to protect the vigilance officer against the victimization by senior officers. We are filing complaint with Lokayuktha and filing PIL's on certain cases. ___________________ Read this: Customs officer goes scot-free This news story has appeared on 14.04.2006 in page # 5 of Mumbai Edition of Times of India. Customs officer goes scot-free

 

By Pranati Mehra/TNN

Mumbai: Despite the corruption charge brought by an US company against a customs appraiser being proved, the department has not taken any action against the erring officer. 

The officer was posted in the GATT valuation cell of Mumbai customs. In December 2005, he allegedly demanded Rs 50,000 from the customs house agent (CHA) of the US firm, N G Joshi Clearing and Forwarding Pvt Ltd, just to hand over a copy of a valuation order with regard to certain imports made by the company. The order was passed by a deputy commissioner and all that the appraiser was required to do was to pass it on to the CHA. The firm refused to cough up the money and instead complained to the vigilance wing of the customs, which confirmed the charge. When the appraiser got wind of the probe, he quietly posted the order to the company. 

Despite the charge being found to be true, no action has been taken against the appraiser, who is now working in the bond and bank guarantees section of the customs. The probe also revealed that in another case too he had held back the valuation order. 

The central vigilance commissioner�s instructions in this regard are clear: In serious cases of corruption the officer must be suspended. But these instructions are reportedly being flouted with impunity by the customs department here. Both the chief commissioner, K M Tiwari and commissioner (general) N Sasidharan were unavailable for comment.

Did you take any action on this Customs officier ?I hope you will provide answers to all of our questions  previuosly asked and asking in this email as per the Right to Information Act 2005. Expecting all the information by email. Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA

____________________________________ Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> wrote: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 11:04:40 -0700 (PDT)Re: These are activities of eGovINDIA, INDIA RTI, INDIA WBA, EKAVI, eCorruption groups //Re: Is there any truth in this complaint etc. – reg.

All this is for information on our involvement in STOPPING CORRUPTION by BUREAUCRATS in eGovernance departments, NISG, which is making MOCKERY of eGovernance business in INDIA by making deals with MICROSOFT. MICROSOFT is like CANCER to INDIA.We read news papers, get to know information on what is happening in all departments from 100000 yahoogroups, networks and this is going to cotinue like this for future. THIS IS GOOD for INDIA. WE DEBATE ISSUES which are brought out for discussions in all yahoogroups we are involved. WE ARE DRAFTING WHISTLEBLOWER'S Act in INDIA WBA. We are making Right to Information Application with all departments and we are REQUESTING Information from all Departments under right to Information Act. THIS IS A RIGHT CONFIRMED and ENACTED by Govt. of INDIA. All Departments need to answer to all emails received by them. They need to provide information by email also. ——————-

E-mail is an efficient and timely communication tool used to carry out departmental activities and to conduct business within the Government of India, with business partners and with citizens. E-mail has become an important component of any office automation system. It expedites exchange of information, speeds up the decision making process and reduces paperwork, resulting in increased productivity, reduced costs and better delivery of services and programmes.

 

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____________________ MICROSOFT buying State eGov business and eGovernance in INDIA with the help of NISG and Jt. Secretary of eGovernance of INDIA // Re: How long NISG can get away like this ? // Re: [eGovINDIA] NISG & Microsoft MoU – Read between the lines. Time to Think and Take Action //  MICROSOFT has to be BLACKLISTED in INDIA // Re: How long NISG can get away like this ? // Re: [eGovINDIA] NISG & Microsoft MoU – Read between the lines____________________________________________________________ But the moment this NEWS comes in the regular national press, this would open a can of worms. nsninfo@yahoo.com wrote: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 02:58:20 -0700 (PDT)

Please debate; Please report ; how can a government body which is also given the responsibility of writing the RFPs of many eGovernance projects for central government and state governments and its CEO is also on the NeGP panel can take funds from Microsoft. Either MS has to be blacklisted for "influencing" government machinery or "NISG" to be relieved of government projects. (please refer to CEO-NISG own remarks which means this MoU is creating a bias towards MS for all the eGov projects…is it a co-incidence that ILIS project was awarded to Wipro on MS Technology  immediately post this MoU?? ) The objective is to create a body which is technology agnostic. THE MoU Microsoft signs agreement on e-Governance with NISG  New Delhi, December 7,2005: Microsoft India-announced the signing of agreement with National Institute for Smart Government The agreement will aim at accelerating the application of Information Technlogy in the area of e-Governance. Microsoft is supporting the Government of India's National e-Governance program by establishing an e-Governance Investment fund ("Investment Fund") and e-Governance Innovation Centre ("Innovation Centre") NISG will be Program Manager for the Investment Fund and Innovation Centre. Microsoft and NISG will pursue the following objectives Enabling research and solution frameworks for Governments in jointly identified areas Create new class of applications and solutions that focus on optimizing the delivery of government services in identified areas Create a framework and architecture to incorporate the use of information technology in the functioning of the various government      departments Create a lab environment through an e-Governance Innovation Centre in Delhi, for Government and their agencies to experiment     with the new range of technologies that can be applied in e-Governance and Conduct appropriate research and proof of concept for applying emerging technologies like Smart devices,RFID,Smart Cards in    e-     Governance Solutions. Microsoft will also work with NISG to help adopt and implement interoperability solutions in e-Governance applications and will also share its knowledge and experience in working with government across the world on e-Governance projects Microsoft has agreed to deploy a sum in Indian Rupess equivalent to USD Two Million ("Grant") spread over three years in the Investment Fund as a commitment to the Government of India's e-Governance initiatives. The funds shall be deployed pursuant to Project Plans approved by a steering commitee. Mr. J Satyanarayan, CEO of NISG said "I am confident that this joint endeavor between NISG and Microsoft will result in ideas, concepts and tools that will be fundamental significance to the e-Government scenario in the country" "At Microsoft we are committed to leveraging our international experience to develop innovative and unique solutions that are relevant and customized for the benefit of Indian citizen" added Mr. Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India. Time to Think and Take Action __________________________________________________

On 4/27/06, eGov INDIA <egovindia@yahoo.com> wrote:

This is a valid question. Discuss this more and write letters to NISG and DIT and GOI. or Reply all to this email. It reaches all.

Already NISG under Satyanarayana had championed the cause of Ram Info tech / CMS consortium (Hyderabad) by making them a successful bidder for Bangalore one project. The Bangalore one project had been conceived and executed for their benefit only. A PIL  before the Karnataka High Court is pending on this issue. One of the issues raised is the MoU between Karnataka Government and Microsoft. There is also a complaint before the Karnataka Lokayukta against Rajiv Chawla on the Bangalore One case. The next in line is the e-procurement project. In the name of introducing centralized e-procurement system, certain officers in Karnataka government with the help of NISG have configured the tender documents thorough PWC to bring in C 1 India Limited. It is known to everyone that C 1 India is a partner of PWC. This is a gross impropriety. Because the consultant cannot take part in the tender. Here the consultant's (PWC) partner C 1 India has been taking part in all these tenders and bagging contract too! How long NISG can get away like this? And all through NISG has been implementing ONLY Microsoft technology. This private company is definitely not a blessing for the nation. V. M. Kumaraswamy ______________________ vishal singh <josecy.vsingh@gmail.com> wrote: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 11:06:36 +0530

Does India Need monitory support from MS? Are we progressing in IT due to charities? This is a National Shame that profit making commercial companies are allowed to influnce our decision making. MoU has become an instrument to bye pass normal competitive route to business. We must understand that ultimately it is profit that is driving these organisations and they can smell opportunities and are fearfull of competition, so they take the MoU route. There should be a dsicussion on validity of MoU route itself. This is high time that we decide about it. Is there a legal validity of MoU? Can it be enforced in court of law? Regards Vishal

________________________________ Umashankar C <umashankarc@yahoo.com> wrote: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 10:19:20 -0700 (PDT)

27-4-06 Dear all, This is indeed  a gross impropriety and illegal too. If the CVC is petitoned, the same would be taken up immediately. As of now this matter is being discussed in the e-groups only. But the moment it comes in the regular national press, this would open a can of worms. NISG has no business to cheat the vendors who believe in honesty and integrity. It cannot champion the cause of PWC / C1 India anymore. Umashankar

_____________________________________ Umashankar C <umashankarc@yahoo.com> wrote: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 10:22:07 -0700 (PDT)

Dear all, Signing an MoU with Microsoft was easy for NISG because it is a private limited company. It is easy to influence all States using NISG making them accept only microsoft technology. Is that the reason why it had been formed as a private limited company? Umashankar

_________________________________________________ nsninfo@yahoo.com wrote: 4/28/2006 India doesn't require donations from IT MNC's but look at the problem area in detail…e.g. World Bank fund for Karnataka Urban Development Project (Nirmal Nagara Project) comes bundled with obligation that the application will be provided by eGovernments Foundation which claims that it is an NGO with no-profit motive but it supports Oracle as a Database!!! hence at least USD 250 K will be spent by GoK to run a so called ZERO COST Application!!! USAID funds for Panchayat comes bundled with an obligation that the application has to be on Microsoft Platform (e,g, Uttaranchal) UNDP funds for CIC project comes bundled with obligation that it has to be bundled with MS Technology; Bangalore1 Project Hence even if we restrict IT MNC's from signing MoUs then also they will come out with new ideas on how to promote their meager technologies. Therefore again it is the responsibility of the government bureaucrats to adopt a technology neutral RFP process to remove all these barriers.  Or adopt only ONE TECHNOLOGY END TO END and stop this discussion completely. The responsibility also lies on the Government Institutional Pillers like NISG, DIT, DARPG, CGG etc to adopt a technology independent and process reforms based methodology for selection of solution vendors. Time to Think & Take Action ___________________________ Sent by: This is Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India's largest e-governance Yahoogroup under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA  eGovINDIA, INDIA WBA, EKAVI and INDIA RTI has taken up several matters and issues in their forum to discuss and to bring into national level and attention of CVC, CAG, CBI, CBEC, Supreeme Court, High Courts, State Officials and Highest officials in INDIA. One of the issue is on relevance of e-governance in building a knowledge super power. eGovINDIA has submitted a write up to National Knowledge Commission.   eGovINDIA, INDIA WBA, EKAVI and INDIA RTI has taken up another matter and issues of CBEC in their forum so that the corrupt officers are unable to scuttle the sensitive investigations and do not go unpunished. The honest officers should not be intimidated by the corrupt officers having backing of senior officers and ministers.Today the honest officers of Customs and Central Excise and their families are feeling insecure due to the criminal attitude of corrupts who all are ganging up together due to blessings of senior officers of the department and CBEC. INDIA WBA has taken up the issues of WHISTLEBLOWERS in INDIA. India WhistleBlower Act: The Action Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIA_WBA INDIA RTI has taken up issues related Right to Information for all in INDIA. Right to Information in INDIA discussion group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIARTI

___________________________________________________________ mail2vigilance <mail2vigilance@indiatimes.com> wrote:

F.No.: II/39(Vig)RTI-02/2006-07 Mumabi, the 24th April, 2006.Shri V.M. Kumaraswamy Gentleman, Please refer to your e-mail dated 16.04.2006, in response to this office letter /e-mail dated 13.04.2006, on the above subject. 2. It appears that the reply of this office vide letter /e-mail dated 13.04.2006 has not been understood by you. It is therefore requested that you may please visit this office on any working day, convenient to you, for further clarifications. 3. Your e-mail revels a high regard for transparency. It is requested that transparency on the following may please be shown: (i) Do you have the copy of the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar, referred to in your e-mail. If so, please inform as to from whom did you get this copy ? (ii) If you do not have the copy, please inform as to from where and from whom did you get the contents which have been produced in your e-mail? 4. It is further observed that your e-mail dated 16.04.2004 mentions about certain details which are not mentioned in the contents of the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar. In view of the same, it is requested that transparency on the following may please be shown: (i) What makes you say hat Shri V.B. Singh was allowed to join Vigilance due to the case of Taufik Haji Gaffar and he was entrusted to investigate one of the most sensitive case i.e. Surat Rebate case, by me ? (ii) What do you understand by "CIU'? What makes you think that it is Deputy Commissioner of CIU who should have invoked COFEPOSA? (iii) How and from whom did you get to know that the then Deputy Commissioner of CIU is working in this office or otherwise? (iv) Please send the copy of the article which says that Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) V.H. Bathija on 07.03.2001 arrested TAUFIK. How and from whom did you get to know that Mr. V.H. Bathija is working in this office or otherwise? 5. Similarly, in your e-mail dated 19.04.2006, you have mentioned about one Alok Garg who has submitted forged/false/invalid certificate of ex-serviceman to claim age relaxation to join service. However, nothing has been mentioned about as to who Alok Garg is, in which department Alok Garg is working. Please inform as to how and from whom did you get to know that this office is investigating or not investigating Alok Garg or otherwise? 6. It is further requested that documentary or other evidences that may be available with you to establish that the allegations against Shri V.B. Singh, made in the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar, are false, may also please be sent to this office. Yours faithfully, (NEERJA SHAH) Additional Director General

 ____________________________________________  meetu jain <meetujain@hotmail.com> wrote:

dear mr venkat kumaraswamy

thanks for these emails. they are interesting but it would be good if we could have a big issue to flog? are imported cars all that happens in DRI/customs? arent politicians, big wigs involved in  a big way in anything else? do get back mj my alternative email: meetu.jain@tv18online.com



From:  Venkat Kumaraswamy <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com> To:  adgvigwest@cbec.gov.in, mail2vigilance@indiatimes.com, dgvig@cbec.gov.in, adgvig@cbec.gov.in, adgvignorth@cbec.gov.in, adgvigsouth@cbec.gov.in, adgvigeast@cbec.gov.in, cvc@nic.in, ddgasab@cag.delhi.nic.in, adco@cbi.nic.in, ssadel@cbi.nic.in, sp2acbdl@cbi.gov.in, dig1acbdl@cbi.gov.in, spacjpr@cbi.gov.in, vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com CC:  nganesh@expressindia.com, meetujain@hotmail.com, vv_singh@rediffmail.com, viju.balanarayanan@timesgroup.com, ptimumrepo@yahoo.com, ashishkhetan@rediffmail.com Subject:  IS COFEPOSA LOSING ITS STING? C D N SINGH CASE IS AN EXAMPLE! ?? WHO IS HELPING all these people at MUMBAI CUSTOMS !!! Date:  Thu, 4 May 2006 19:55:23 -0700 (PDT) March 4th 2006

Smt. Neerja  Shah Addl DG (VIg.) Directorate General of Vigilance, Customs and  Central Excise West Zonal Unit, 4th Floor, Transport House, Poona Street, Masjid (East) Mumbai -  40009 Phone No. (022) 22619506 Fax  (022) 23703133 e-mail:  adgvigwest@cbec.gov.in mail2vigilance@indiatimes.com Sub:   IS  COFEPOSA LOSING ITS STING? C D N SINGH CASE IS AN EXAMPLE!   WHO IS HELPING all these people at MUMBAI CUSTOMS !!!Please read the following  article. You might know about this, We would like to get information on this  please.

IS  COFEPOSA LOSING ITS STING? C D N SINGH CASE IS AN EXAMPLE!  

By  Taxindiaonline News Service MUMBAI, 9 DEC : THOUGH Cofeposa is a powerful  instrument in the hand of the Central Government to bring notorious duty-evaders  and smugglers to book but its poor execution has of late diluted its impact to a  large extent. No single agency can be held responsible for its diluted efficacy  but none can at the same time escape its contribution to such a pathetic state  of affairs. Take the case of  Randhir Singh, second son of C D N Singh, who was detained under Cofeposa but  later released on the High Court direction. Though the HC had clearly stated  that only his continued detention is vitiated but not the detention order per se  as it was based on solid material facts, nothing much has been done by the  agencies which are expected to attach his property.Though the Competent  Authorities have initiated a few steps to attach his plot in Juhu, a flat in  Bandra, one Mercedes and one Hyundai Accent car but what has halted them from  proceeding is their appeal against the attachment order. The Appellate Tribunal  of Forfeited Property based in New Delhi is sitting over this case for more than  six months now. Why? None knows. But this delay has indeed given enough  opportunity to the accused to lobby for revocation of the detention  order! It is very natural for  the accused to lobby for it as he believes that he is innocent in this case like  his father and elder brother who were also detained under Cofeposa but the same  was withdrawn by the MoF after they represented. Sounds weird that though the  department took disciplinary action against all those officials who were accused  of connivance in this case but the accused themselves were found to be innocent  by the MoF topbrass!If this was the case  then why was Randhir Singh left out? Since all three were accused of duty  evasion and systematic smuggling through their firms, all three should have been  tried for the offence. But the MoF in its unusual wisdom decided to revoke it  for the two. Now that the Competent Authorities should have moved to attach  their property but they also seem to be under pressure not to do so until the  tribunal decides the case. Though the tribunal  alone cannot be blamed for poor efficacy of this act but its time-taking working  style is certainly helping the accused indirectly in terms of giving him an  opportunity to lobby through various forces for revocation of the order. Second,  debatable inconsistencies can be seen in the MoF decisions in recent cases.  Then, very few officials in the field take much pain to pursue the case to a  logical end. The only exception one may see is that of Taufiq Hazi Gaffar in  which Mumbai Customs seems to be giving its best. It is high time the  review process of such cases is made more transparent and the agencies involved  in such exercise should definitely take more interest to punish the guilty  rather than helping them through their sloppy working style!

___________________________________________________Please  provide the information as per RTI Act 2005. Email is the best wat to send  information. Please send the information by email to me. 1. Who was Commissioner of Air Cargo Complex, Sahara when the case was booked  against CDN Singh ? Can you please provide more details of the case please. 2. What are the status of this officers ? What are the doing now ? 3. Are there any action that has been taken against this officer by Vigilance ? Please send me the details. 4. Was this officer got any promotion ? If yes, when did this happen ? Please give the details.5. Is Mumbai Customs working against COFEPOSA Act ? If  we need any more information from you we will write to  you.Thanks Sincerely V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA This is Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. in  business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India's largest e-governance  Yahoogroup under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA   eGovINDIA, INDIA WBA, EKAVI and INDIA  RTI has taken up several matters and issues in their  forum to discuss and to bring into national level and attention of CVC, CAG,  CBI, CBEC, Supreme Court, High Courts, State Officials and Highest officials in  INDIA. All News Papers will be included for wider  circulation.INDIA WBA has taken up the issues of WHISTLEBLOWERS  in INDIA. India WhistleBlower Act:The Action  Group;http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIA_WBA   INDIA RTI has taken up issues related Right to  Information for all in  INDIA. Right to Information in  INDIA discussion group  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIARTI

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