Chennai: Police is directly involved in stopping the circulation of illicit goods in the society, Additional Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu and Tamil Nadu Police Academy Director, Dr. A. Amalraj, said on Tuesday.
Addressing the ‘Capacity Building Program for Police Officers on Prevention of Counterfeiting and Smuggling’ organized by FICCI’s Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy (CASCADE), Dr Amalraj, while highlighting the menace of illicit goods, said that such products are not only harmful for consumers but also incur huge losses for the government examiner.
He also emphasized on the need for such training programs, which not only sensitises the officers on the magnitude of the problem but also helps them to understand the intricacies of smuggling and counterfeiting.
While giving an overview on socio-economic impact of counterfeiting and smuggling, FICCI CASCADE Advisor and Delhi’s former Special Commissioner of Police’s Deep Chand said: “Capacity building in terms of skill, infrastructure and technology is essential for the law enforcement agencies in improving the detection and investigation mechanism of crimes relating to counterfeiting and smuggling.”
Sharing data from a recent study by FICCI CASCADE, he said, in the FY 2018-19 Indian economy saw a loss of 1,17,253 crore and loss of 16.36 livelihood opportunities due to smuggling in five key sectors.
ITC Ltd’s Vice President, Industry Affairs, Pradeep Dixit, said: “Proceeds from the sale of counterfeit, smuggled and contraband products contribute to the funding of criminal activities all across the globe. It is vital that industry and enforcement officers work in close collaboration to address this mounting hazard.”
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