Central Board of Excise and Customs is celebrating 2012 as the Golden Jubilee year to commemorate 50 years of the Customs Act, 1962. As a part of these celebrations, a Postage Stamp was released at a function held in New Delhi today.
Union Minister of Communication & Information Technology, Shri Kapil Sibal, while issuing the first commemorative Postage Stamp on Indian Customs, remarked that the Commemorative Stamp is being issued to acknowledge the sincere efforts of the Customs Administration in nation building and in guarding our economic frontiers. Shri Sibal also mentioned that Indian Customs is also at the forefront of taking trade facilitation initiatives which benefit trade and bring greater transparency. While tracing the origin of Indian Customs to Arthashastra, the economic treatise of Kautilya, the Union Minister highlighted the major challenges currently confronting the Department. He also praised the increasingly significant role played by Indian Customs in various global fora including the World Customs organization. The stamp released on the occasion depicts the Customs Department as guardians of the economic frontier of the country. It symbolizes the vigil exercised by the Customs officers. Shri Sibal expressed hope that the release of the commemorative stamp would inspire the officers of the department to garner the much needed revenue and also to strive to meet the commitments made in its Citizen’s Charter.