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Inspections Terms

The DGICCE has a defined scope and functions in terms of Central Board of Revenue Memorandum F.No.22(16) Ad.II(G) 51 dated 27.12.1952 wherein each Customs Commissionerate is to be inspected at least once a year. Likewise, in terms of Circular No.vide F.No.35/33/57-Ad.II dated 16.1.1958, each Central Excise Commissionerate is to be inspected once in two years.

Regional units of DGICCE have to inspect each Divisional Office once in three years. The available instructions on frequency of inspections to be carried out by DGICCE Hqrs. do not specifically deal with the inspection of major Custom Houses or the various Units functioning in the Custom House. However, due to paucity of officers/staff and given the logistical limitations and the field formations being spread across the country and the number of personnel involved it has not been possible for the DGI to adhere to the desired frequency of inspection of the existing field formations. Normally it takes about five working days to carry out the inspection.

Directorate General of Inspection, inter-alia, plays an important role to assist the CBEC in the following areas:

Studying the working of Customs, Central Excise and Narcotics Departmental    machinery throughout the country.

Suggesting measures for improvements for efficiency of the departmental    machinery and rectification of important effects through inspection and laying    down procedure for effective functioning.

Plays an important and primary role for advising the CBEC in technical    administrative matters which have a bearing on the functioning of Customs,    Central Excise and Narcotics formations.

Monitoring and evaluating the progress made with reference to certain key    performance areas like Call Book cases, Adjudication, Investigation, Arrears of    Revenue and Provisional Assessments.

To check whether the directives and instructions of the CBEC are adhered to    and meticulously followed by the field formations.

MTR monitoring of pendency of various items of work, Analysis of the MTRs    of Central Excise Commissionerates and Commissioners (Appeals) and    submission of the consolidated report to CBEC.

In inspecting ranges and outdoor work generally, attention should be paid to    see whether the officer’s jurisdiction is such as can be satisfactorily managed    and whether he has a correct knowledge and understanding of the local    problems and the application of the rules and regulations to these problems.

The Inspecting officers should, during their inspection examine the records    of disciplinary cases maintained in the Divisional and Range officers with a    view to pointing out general defects in procedure and to offer suggestions, if    any, of a general nature to ensure uniformity of procedure and treatment in    the various Central Excise Commissionerate.