New Delhi, Nov 4: Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman here on Monday unveiled two IT initiatives – ICEDASH and ATITHI – for improved monitoring and pace of Customs clearance of imported goods and facilitating arriving international passengers by electronic filing of Customs baggage and currency declarations.
Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur, Secretary (Revenue), senior officials of CBIC and members of trade and industry were present.
The Finance Minister lauded the measures taken by CBIC to leverage technology for providing better taxpayer services. She was particularly appreciable of the work being done in the Network Operation Centre and Security Operation Centre.
She also mentioned that the significant improvement in India’s global ranking in the Trading Across Border is in no small measure on account of the IT and other reforms carried out by CBIC.
She also expressed optimism that both ICEDASH and ATITHI would be key drivers for further improvement especially as they reduce interface and increase transparency of Customs functioning.
She added that ATITHI would in particular create a tech savvy image of India Customs and would encourage tourism and business travel to India.
She urged officers to develop IT-based insights for focused policy making. (UNI)