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Shift DIPP from Comm Ministry to Fin Min: IRS officers’ body

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) needs to be detached from the Commerce Ministry and brought under the Finance Ministry to ensure smooth functioning of customs and FDI-related works, an association of Indian Revenue Service officers has demanded.

It said there is a plan in place to take away the present functioning and role of customs, which is under the Finance Ministry, through a new Business Process Restructuring (BPR) proposed by the DIPP in the guise of increasing ease of doing business.

In the new proposed and already approved plan, Department of Commerce will front end customs Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system by controlling the present stake holders of customs like ports, airports, Customs House Agents, importers and exporters, RBI, all the other government departments, the association said.

“Customs will loose the present identity of ICEGATE (a portal that provides e-filing services to the trade and cargo carriers and other clients of customs department) and the single window which we have already created painstakingly spread over a period of over 25 years and will become the hidden backend under Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) or Department of Commerce controlled portal,” it said in a representation to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

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