Lack of team work among govt agencies hurting nation: Former Maharashtra chief public prosecutor

MANGALURU: Constant urge for one-upmanship at the cost of another government agencies has seen the nation bear the brunt, Rohini Salian, former chief public prosecutor (PP), government of Maharashtra, said. This is strange in that each of these agencies be it police, customs, DRI or Armed Forces are finally working for the nation and to uphold its integrity, Rohini, who has worked on high-profile cases successfully in Maharashtra, said. Referring to 1993 Bombay bombings, Rohini, guest of honour at International Customs Day celebration on Tuesday said various agencies involved clearly did not exchange information or intelligence that could have prevented the attacks and the nation suffered. “We are missing teamwork and everyone wants credit for some reason or cause,” Rohini, who went after fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, during her career concertedly despite risks, averred. The nation too rather than focus on duties is more obsessed with one’s own rights, Rohini rued, while exhorting the Customs and personnel of other uniformed services to understand people through constant interaction. On theme of the International Customs Day Celebration this year – Customs fostering sustainability for people, prosperity and the planet, Rohini said this gives Customs a larger role in ensuring greater interaction among departments concerned. A V Ramana, chairman, New Mangalore Port Trust, chief guest said Customs have important role to play given that India is the second largest consumer market. With 7560-kms of coast line, Ramana said Customs must ensure that exports and imports take place seamlessly without hindrance to trade. Digitisation has ensured that documentation is simplified, he said adding that this has added to the ease of doing business that the government is promoting. Dignitaries handed out Samman awards on this occasion. MRPL was feted for being the top exporter during FY 2018-19 and FY 2019-20 up to December 2019. M/s NED Commodities India Pvt Ltd grew by 56% y-o-y with exports in value in 2019 compared to 2018. MCF was the top importer in terms of duty payment in 2019 with a growth of 15%. M K Agrotech had gained by about 36% in terms of duty payment in 2019 compared to 2018. Clifford D’Souza of Export Trade Link Agencies was feted for his long service and attachment to customs formation, C Swamy, director of ports, Karwar for support to Customs; assistant commissioner of police, Mangaluru north sub-division for support to enforcement of Customs Act in 2019-20, Rakesh Kumar Mahwar, Sub-Inspector, CISF for handing over 4 cases involving contraband of Rs 18 lakh to the department and Deekshith, assistant engineer, NMPT for installation of container scanner at NMPT.

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