Monday, June 5, 2023

Country committed to improving ease of doing business: Nirmala Sitharaman

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Sunday that the Center is committed to improving trade facilitation for every stakeholder, including the personnel of the Customs Department and those associated with the business community.

Speaking at a program here, he said that apart from construction of new buildings, these days emphasis is also laid on how energy efficient the buildings should be so that there is no pollution or trouble to anyone.

It gives me immense pleasure to lay the foundation stone of the new office complex ‘Vaigai’, which is aptly named and truly derived from the commitment that the country has made to improve ease of doing business. Office complex ‘Vaigai’ in the Custom House here.

“There was a time when we used to think that we have to build office space on the basis of executives, employees and requirements. These days it is also being seen how green our buildings are going to be and how energy-efficient these buildings are. Will be.” ” He said.

“In trade facilitation, the country really stands to benefit and also stands to set standards along the way for our customs or tax officials and their workplaces,” she said.

The proposed building, to be constructed at a cost of Rs 92 crore, would house 11 partner agencies of the Customs Department, he said, adding that it would set a benchmark in the way buildings are constructed.

“Today, when we design our offices, the convenience of import-export agents, women officers and their children is kept in mind,” he said.

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According to officials, the new building will also have a refreshment area and crèche for women employees.

Sitharaman lauded the ‘facelift’ given to the centuries-old existing buildings of the Customs Department and said it was done thoughtfully and inspired by the Centre’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign.

“Shining those credible awards won by the Customs Department and giving them proper shine is very symbolic and also indicates the extent to which minute planning has been done to make even the old building more workable and every workman give the necessary environment for

According to Vivek Johri, chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, the new ground-plus-nine-storey complex will accommodate 11 trading partners of Customs once operational for faster clearance of import and export cargo.

He said the building would be designed like a ‘ship’ or ‘ship’ and would be similar to future constructions that would be undertaken by the department.

He said the new complex would be one of the 24 new infrastructure projects launched by the Customs Department across the country at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore.

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No editing has been done to the headline or body by ABP Live.)

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