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Four crore rupees worth of black money seized since declaration of Maharashtra Assembly Elections

Mumbai:1/10/19:The Directorate General of Income Tax (Investigation) is working 24*7 to curb the use of black money and cash inducement in the ongoing Assembly Elections in the state, said Director General of Income Tax (Investigation), Shri Nitin Gupta in Mumbai today. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai today, the Director General said that illegal cash worth 4 crore rupees approx. has been seized by the Department, since the declaration of Model Code of Conduct by the Election Commission of India, on September 21, 2019

.Elaborating on the steps taken by the Department, the DG informed the media that Principal Director of Income Tax-1, (Investigation Wing), Mumbai Shri. Anand Kumar has been designated as the Nodal Officer for Income Tax Department for the whole of Maharashtra. He said that the Department is working in close coordination with several law enforcement agencies and other government departments, in order to contribute to the conduct of free, fair and smooth elections.

The DG informed that on the regulatory front, a system has been put in place to gather intelligence inputs regarding movement of cash and valuables and to take immediate action in this regard. 24*7 control rooms are operational at Mumbai, Pune & Nagpur and 40 Quick Response Teams – including six in Mumbai, have been set up at various districts / constituencies across the state. Apart from this, Air Intelligence Units (AIUs) at all the functional airports/airstrips have been set up, in order to monitor and check the flow of unaccounted cash and valuables.

Shri Gupta said that a comprehensive sensitization and awareness programme has been launched and that various media platforms such as print and electronic media, outdoor media and social media are being used. These include:

  • Newspaper advertisements in Hindi, Marathi and English language papers
  • Promotional standees placed at prominent locations and around airports
  • Radio promotions on FM channels
  • Social media promotion through Facebook page
  • Bus wrappers
  • Messages (audio/video) through celebrities

He added that the department has also provided toll free numbers, WhatsApp numbers and fax numbers, using which citizens can inform the Department of suspicious activities.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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