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Gateway of Indian corruption: Indian customs



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[Topics under debate]: GOOD GOVERNANCE
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I'm going to be with our Customs folks in a few days.
Last time they were generally nice. My papers of
course might have helped. Interesting piece sent to
IPI. Any comments anyone?

--- Prasad Kashyap <pkashyap@raleigh.ibm.com> wrote:
> Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 14:33:13 -0400
> From: Prasad Kashyap <pkashyap@raleigh.ibm.com>
> To: info@indiapolicy.org
> Subject: Excellent site..

> Dear Madam/Sir,
> 
> I'd like to congratulate you on an excellent site.
> Permit me to suggest
> a few things.
> 
> 1. During an NRI's trip to India, the very first
> instance of corruption
> he encounters is at the airport, as soon as he
> lands. Corruption at the
> customs is the most frustrating experience. This is
> mainly due to the
> lack of good and well-published rules stipulating
> the duties on various
> goods. Most people wouldn't mind paying the normal
> duty if the customs
> official give a receipt. The visitors' gripe about
> the bribes and
> arbitrary dues the officers demand. The lack of such
> well-displayed duty
> rates makes it easier for the custom officers to
> demand bribes even when
> there is nothing  that warrants a custom duty.
> 
> The custom duties should be clearly dispalyed at all
> port of entries in
> the country. These duties should clearly indicate
> the duty imposed on
> each item. It would also greatly help if your
> website made available
> such a list so that the visitor has something to
> refer to.
> 
> 2. A discussion forum will be good on your website.
> 
> Thanx
> Prasad
> 

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