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Smuggling and counterfeiting activities lead to economic crisis, unemployment and poverty: Dr Debasish Roy, ADG, Training, West Bengal Police: FICCI

Dr Debasish Roy, ADG, Training, West Bengal Police,  said, "Despite various anti-counterfeiting strategies such as raids, use of multiple packaging technologies, consumer education and consultations with government agencies the menace of smuggling and counterfeiting is on the rise."

Frequent seizures of contraband items causing economic crisis leading to unemployment and poverty

Addressing the capacity building program on 'Prevention of Counterfeiting and Smuggling organized by FICCI CASCADE' (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy), Dr Roy said, "Frequent seizures of contraband items such cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and pharmaceuticals along with illegal imports of clothing are causing economic crisis leading to unemployment and poverty."

To emphasize on the importance of continued awareness and seriousness of the impact of counterfeit and smuggled goods

Mr Deep Chand, Advisor, FICCI CASCADE and Former Special Commissioner of Police, New Delhi said, "The grey market economy is fuelling illegitimate industry and leading to increased criminalization of the society in the form of organized crime including terrorism. This capacity building program is aimed to sensitize police officers to emphasize on the importance of continued awareness and seriousness of the impact of counterfeit and smuggled goods."

Enforcement makes the role of police officers even more important in the fight

Mr Anil Rajput, Chairman, FICCI CASCADE said, "The Police department is the primary law enforcement agency in our country and play a significant role in ensuring the protection of legitimate businesses from illicit players. Although there are adequate laws available, their enforcement makes the role of police officers even more important in the fight against counterfeiters and smugglers." Complimenting the officials of the police department, he further said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, our officers have been playing a crucial part in contributing to the effort to control the disease, promoting safer communities, and fighting criminals who have been taking advantage of the outbreak.

Key recommendations at the program

Some of the key recommendations at the program included, capacity building in terms of skill, infrastructure and technology amongst the law enforcement agencies in improving the detection and investigation of crimes; need for additional manpower with the desired aptitude to be provided in Special cells, District Investigation Units, Economic Offences Wing who can focus exclusively on the investigation of such cases; severe extant bail provisions; non-bailable offence for repeat offenders; rigorous imprisonment and stringent monetary penalty among others.

The capacity building program saw participation of several officers of West Bengal Police from Bankura, Islampur, Jagipur, Uttar Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Mednipur, Jhargam, Siliguri, Birbhum etc.

In pursuance of its mandate, FICCI-CASCADE will continue to hold similar programs across the country in briefing enforcement agencies on procedural and enforcement issues while tackling illicit trading activities
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