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Government urged to check illicit trade in India 

Telangana Today , Jun 13, 2018

Increased awareness and public pressure on the government is required to ensure that the ‘menace’ of illicit trade in the country is checked, industry leaders said here on Tuesday.

They were speaking at a seminar called ‘Combating Counterfeiting and Smuggling’ organised by FICCI Cascade, where Finance Minister Etela Rajender was the chief guest.

“Telangana has set several standards in tackling smuggling and sale of counterfeit goods. We are the first State in the country to eliminate the trade of ‘gudumba’ (illicit liquor) and our law and order machinery is leading by example in various aspects. We have not spared any practitioners of illicit trade, and the government doing its best within the legal framework,” the Minister said.

At a time when the gap between original and faux products was decreasing, and as it got harder to tell legal from illegal products, education of consumers was the most important challenge to meet, Rajender said.

“One struggles to spot the fake product among original as can be seen increasingly in the mobile phone market. The industry too can lead awareness campaigns to ensure that consumers are informed of what they are buying and what they should keep away from,” he said.

FICCI Hyderabad State Council chairman Devendra Surana, Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Gowra Srinivas, Central Board of Excise and Customs former chairman PC Jha, Principal Commissioner of Customs Anil Kumar Jain and former Special Commissioner of New Delhi Police Deep Chand also spoke.



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