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M. Ajit Kumar, IRS Chairman
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Government of India
Ministry of Finance Department of Revenue,
Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs North Block, New Delhi-110 001
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is an apex intelligence and investigative agency working under the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. It is responsible for enforcement of Customs Act, 1962 and other Allied Acts in combating economic crimes, drug trafficking, environmental protection etc. Extensive use of technology like harnessing of big data, Machine learning, Internet of Things, data analytics has replaced conventional methods of intelligence and investigation in the context of the changing threat scenarios and technological challenges posed by international criminal syndicates. Further, commitment in honouring WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement by member administrations has redrawn the contours of investigation to a focused approaches using risk management and non-intrusive inspection.
A record haul of Heroin of more than three thousand Kgs, a number of significant seizure of gold all over the country, including the sea coast and airports, investigation of cases relating to commercial frauds are some of the praiseworthy achievements of DRI. It shows the capacity and commitment of the organisation in unravelling a chain of events beginning from foreign destinations to our backyard. It is also a matter of pride to state that DRI has been successfully sharing inputs with other intelligence agencies and between foreign Customs Administrations. Officers posted in Customs Overseas Intelligence Network (COIN) have been important link between DRI and the overseas countries in providing credible/actionable inputs from overseas that has resulted in tangible results.
Since its inception in 1957 and even during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, DRI has been meticulous in not letting its guard down. It has discharged its responsibilities with commitment and professionalism, making significant contribution in safeguarding India's interests.

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