Section 4(1)(b) of the Right to Information Act, 2005
|Section 4(1)(b)||Information to be published under the Act|
The particulars of the Organization, Functions and Duties :
The Commissioner of Customs (Airport & Administration), Kolkata has been formed in July 1997 consequent to the re-organisation of the Commissionerate of Customs & Central Excise vide order no. A.11013/34/96-Ad.IV dtd. 15/07/1997.
The Commissionerate of Customs (Airport & Administration), Custom House, Kolkata has jurisdiction over Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata Air Cargo Complex and general administration of customs employees of all cadres.
The N.S.C.B. International Airport, Kolkata was originally named as Dum Dum Airport and was commissioned in 1924 with the arrival of DAKOTA-3 as the first Aircraft. From 1960 to 1969 this Airport continued to be the No.1 Airport in India in terms of Traffic and Passengers. It was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in MARCH 1995 and now it is the busiest Airport in the country. The Kolkata Airport Air Cargo Complex was commissioned as the first cargo terminal in the country in the year 1975.
This organization is responsible to facilitate Importer/Exporters and to enforce customs laws as well as other associated Act and provisions related to the clearance of Imported and Exported goods. Clearance of Import/Export goods are being processed through on-line ICES (Indian Custom EDI System) which provides door step facility to the Importers/Exporters. We have introduced “Sevottam”, i.e. “Public Service Delivery Excellence Model” under which we have endeavored to raise the bar of our excellence and to meet expectation of trade and Industry.
The Airport & Administration Commissionerate is one of the Commissionerate under the Chief Commissioner of Customs, Kolkata. It is an independent Commissionerate. There are various departments/Units under this Commissionerate. The details of wings of this Commissionerate is mentioned in Annexure “A” and organizational structure of this Commissionetate is mentioned in Annexure ‘B’.
The powers and Duties of its officers and employees :
The officers and staff of this Commissionerate (Airport & Administration), Kolkata are committed to its Citizen Charter, to provide to trade and industry time bound and speedy cargo clearance facility, quick redressal of grievances, and inculcating the sense of service in its officers with stress on –
Steps are in progress to further professionalize Customs staff to be able to render efficient and prompt service to the clients almost at par with those rendered by other Customs services in developed countries/WCO/WTO norms.
The Powers of officers of Customs have been elaborated in Section 5 of the Customs Act, 1962 and are laid as under –
The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability :
This Commissionerate primarily functions as a decision making office in respect of clearance of international passengers as well as import-export cargo, administrative control and supervision of all customs employees below the rank of Commissioner and sharing of information & knowledge between inter-commissionerates & with the Board/Ministry.
The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions:
The mission of the organization is to achieve excellence in the implementation of Customs Acts, Allied Acts and Rules there under aimed at;
The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions :
All Rules, Regulations, Instructions, Manuals etc. issued by the Govt. of India in respect of government servants are followed for discharged of duties by the officers. All these particulars are available at the Website www.cbec.gov.in and www.kolkatacustoms.gov.in.
A statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control :
Since maximum trade related formalities are processed through remote EDI System through online basis, hence requirement of documents has been reduced substantially. However the following documents are related to this office :
The particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with, or representation by the Member of public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof :
The members of public can write to this office on any such issue or seek appointment for meeting, if required. Further e-help line is available on Kolkata Customs web-site www.kolkatacustoms.gov.in. Arrangements have also been made for holding of separate meetings with Customs Clearance Facilitation Committee and Trade Facilitation Committee on regular intervals.
A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public :
Customs Commissionerate maintains its website http://www.kolkatacustoms.gov.in - wherein salient information pertaining to various field formations is given for general information of the masses at large. In addition, web-site also contains copy of the Public Notices / Tenders /Standing Orders / Establishment Orders / Trade Facilitation etc. issued by this Commissionerate.
Public Grievances redressal : As a part of implementation of Sevottam, Public Grievances are taken care of immediately after the Complaint/Grievance appears on the portal as well as physical receipt. The replies/reports are issued to the applicant and also posted on the web-site after approval of the Chief Commissioner/Pr. Commissioner.
Trade Felicitation Committee meeting : A trade felicitation committee exists in this Custom House and members of the committee includes Calcutta Customs House Agents Association, Cargo Handling Agents/Steamers Agent Association, various custodians, and various stakeholders etc. The main object of the meeting is to discuss problems related to the clearance of import and export goods and to find solution thereto. The meeting is held at a regular interval.
The meeting is converted into Zonal Trade Felicitation Committee meetings under the chairmanship of Chief Commissioner of Customs as per requirement or if the issues pertain to all the Customs Commissionerates of the Kolkata Zone. All the concerned Assistant Commissioners of Customs/Deputy Commissioners of Customs/Joint Commissioners/Additional Commissioners participate in the said meeting. The agenda of the meeting is set up in advance and the detailed minutes of the meeting is uploaded in the web-site for knowledge of general public and particulars of these meetings are available at http://www.kolkatacustoms.gov.in
The Citizen’s Charter of the Department envisions that the Customs officers shall carry out their assigned tasks with integrity and judiciousness; courtesy and understanding: objectivity and transparency; promptness and efficiency. The officers are also committed to providing every possible assistance to the public and trade in implementation of the Customs policies and procedures.
In order to take care of the grievance(s)/complaint(s) the department has put in place a grievance redressal mechanism in the field formations of Customs. The grievance redressal mechanism can broadly be categorized as :
A directory of its officers and employees: Particulars are available at http://www.kolkatacustoms.gov.in.
The monthly remuneration received by each of its officer and employee including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations: Particulars are available at http://www.kolkatacustoms.gov.in
The budget allocated to each of its agency indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made: Particulars are available at http://www.kolkatacustoms.gov.in
The manner of execution of subsidy programs including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programs:
Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorization granted by it: Particulars are available at the website of CBEC, Govt. Of India, Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Revenue i.e http://www.cbec.gov.in/info-act/customs/customs.htm
Details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form: All the relevant details including the orders passed by this Commissionerate are made available on the web-site http://www.kolkatacustoms.gov.in
The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use : All the information related to the Commissioner of Customs (Airport & Admin.) are available at http://www.kolkatacustoms.gov.in
The names, designation and other particulars of the Public Information Officers : The details list of CPIOs and Appellate Authorities of this Commissionerate mentioning their charges are published time to time. Particulars are available at http://www.kolkatacustoms.gov.in
Such other information as may be prescribed : NA