Imphal: Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur held a review-meeting Monday at CEO’s Office, Lamphel with all agencies/departments involved in Election Expenditure Monitoring on the steps taken up by them for the 12th Assembly Elections, Manipur.
The Income Tax Department, Excise Department, State Taxation, CBIC (Central Board of indirect taxes & Customs) & DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence), NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau), SLBC (State Level Banking Convener) & RBI, ED (Enforcement Directorate), CISF, AAI (Airport Authority of India) & BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security), Posts and the BSF. Attended the review-meet.
The Review-Meeting was held in line with the inputs/advice given by the Election Commission of India in the meeting held on February 8, 2022 with the above Agencies/Departments.
The importance of stepping up action on enforcement in the coming two weeks was stressed upon all agencies/departments by Chief Electoral Officer as distribution of cash, liquor, freebies etc. is expected to increase during this period.
The Income Tax Department was instructed to analyze and investigate sources of funding of substantial seizures reported by other agencies/departments to enable booking/conviction of individuals/parties involved. Excise Department was instructed to intensify raids and seizures of liquor in the State by strengthening check-points at border areas, storage locations and sensitive points.
The State Taxation Department was instructed to increase monitoring of E-way bill checking, identify the distribution of freebies by analyzing upsurge in demand of items in the coming days, and to work in coordination with the central GST officials in the state. The CBIC and DRI officials discussed sharing of information and monitoring on transportation of items into the State through the international border. They were directed to coordinate with Customs authorities also. Regarding drugs and narcotics, the NCB and State Police were instructed to intensify efforts for the destruction of poppy cultivation and to file F.I.Rs against involved citizens of the area where such cultivation occurs.
The SLBC officials were instructed to enforce the submission of reports of suspicious transactions regularly to the DEOs and Income Tax officials. The CISF, AAI and BCAS officials were informed about sharing of information and intelligence about the arrival of passengers and baggage via scheduled flights, chartered flights, helicopters, etc. among the various agencies/departments and Flying Squads of DEOs to enable seizure of any illicit, illegal items, etc.