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[Topics under debate]: GOOD GOVERNANCE
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Girish [mailto:gn4@iname.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 1999 10:19 PM
> To: sanjeev@sabhlokcity.com
> Cc: Dr. Subroto Roy
> Subject: Re: Gateway of Indian corruption: Indian customs
>
>
> Dr Sabhlok
> Don't you guys read the immigration form and custom declaration (which
> is mandatory for you to sign) given out to everybody before
> you land. It
> states clearly that the amount of duty free goods that can be
> bought in
> should not exceed a certain amount of Rupees. Yes I agree
> this amount is
> negligible. Technically you are to be charged on everything above
> that sum. You are also to go to the red channel if the goods you bring
> exceed this amount. How many of our NRIs do this? If they are
> caught at
> the green channel and they protest a bit the custom official will
> normally ask you to list out the goods you have bought on a piece of
> paper. He may value the duty without even opening the bags
> based on the
> list supplied by the passenger. Since the custom duties are stiff in
> India the passenger
> protests against this valuation  little knowing that this is
> the law of
> the land.
> Customs officials are the same all over the world in that they have
> sweeping powers. The passenger landing in India usually disapproves of
> our laws and tries to circumvent this by offering the "poor native"
> official some measly dollars. And then he comes out and CRIBS abot
> corruption. The root cause of corruption is the corrupter.
> I speak with experience. I have made more than ten trips per
> year in and
> out of the country since 1990 and never once did I bribe
> anybody! And I
> don't have the papers or the connections you (Dr. S Sabhlok) have!
>
> Girish
>
>
> "Dr. S. Sabhlok" wrote:
>
> >
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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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