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Conferring Special Powers to SSB

New Delhi: December 11,2012

Powers under the Passport Act-1967 have been delegated to SSB officers not below the rank of Sub-Inspectors by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) vide their Gazette Notification No. S.O. 1319(E) dated 11.06.2012. The proposal relating to delegation of powers to SSB under Sections 100 to 110 of the Customs Act is under consideration of the Government. SSB is deployed on Indo-Nepal and Indo Bhutan borders which are open and porous. The Custom offices are also functional on these borders. However, the average gap between two Land Custom Stations is higher than the gap between the two BOPs of SSB on both these borders. Therefore, given the substantial presence of SSB on these borders and the fact that the smugglers sometimes use the dense forest and unauthorized routes for smuggling, delegation of powers under Customs Act and Passport Act will help SSB to check the illegal activities including smuggling on these international borders.

This was stated by Shri R.P.N.Singh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs in written reply to a question by Shri K.P.Dhanapalan in the Lok Sabha today.

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