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Odia bureaucrat Pranab Kumar Das was elected as the Director of World Customs Organisation

Brussels:30/6/19: Odia bureaucrat and senior IRS officer Pranab Kumar Das brought laurels to the state as he was elected as the Director of World Customs Organisation (WCO) in Brussels for five years.

With this Das, who was the chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), became the first Indian to be elected to this post.

The World Customs Organization is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

The World Customs Organization (WCO), established in 1952 as the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC), is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations.

Das, a 1983-batch IRS officer of Customs and Central Excise Cadre was appointed as a member in the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) in 2017. The CBEC was rechristened as the CBIC in March 2017.

He was also conferred with the Presidential Award for ‘Specially distinguished record of Service’ on the occasion of India’s Republic day on 26th January 2015.

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