PUNE: The Pune Customs office has installed a digitised system for records at the godown where seized items are stored. Seized goods including gold, narcotics, cigarettes and other such items are barcoded with details of seizure, description of goods with the option for disposal date. This is the first such initiative in the country, which was appreciated by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).
“Digitisation has enhanced the facility for better upkeep, quick tracking of location and reduced the time for quarterly verification of goods stored in the godown. The step has been taken to avoid thefts and pilferage from the godown. The customs godown is also under constant video surveillance by the vigilance section,” MVS Choudhary, Commissioner, Pune Customs told Sakal Times.
The digitisation at the customs godown has also been named as the ‘Best Practice’ by the CBIC, New Delhi. The Commissioner of Customs Pune was invited to make a presentation in the ‘Rajaswa Gyan Sangam - Annual Conference of tax administration 2017’ in September last year. The Central Vigilance Commission, in their recent directive, has also advised the Customs Houses across the country to digitise customs godowns.
Pawan Kumar, Additional Commissioner, Pune Customs, told Sakal Times, “The seized goods such as gold, narcotics, cigarettes and other such items will be barcoded with details of seizure, description of goods with the option for disposal date.”
The Pune Customs has shown the way among the government departments by imbibing the culture of ‘Swachhata’ (cleanliness) in the office environment and ambiance. Meticulous planning and execution have resulted in shaping the Pune Customs headquarters office into a ‘model office based on the theme of Swachhata’.
“Efforts have been made to incorporate Swachhata as behaviour and a trait among officers and employees. Awareness campaigns have also been held and maintaining office and surrounding environment clean is stressed upon. The officers and cleaning staff doing a remarkable work in Swachhata are facilitated,” said MVS Choudhary.
The office has adopted well designed modular workstations and sitting arrangement for its employees, which not only provide maximum working space but also easy interface with visitors. The office also has disabled friendly toilets for use of disabled staff and visitors.
To ensure energy efficiency, all tube lights and fans are being replaced by LED lights and energy savings fans.
The officials said that many Swachhata initiatives have been planned for the current year. The commissionerate will overtake the targets achieved last year.