New scanner for Customs to curb corruption

By Saman Indrajith

Parliament was yesterday informed of a government decision to provide Customs with five state-of-the-art scanning machines.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that new equipment would help enhance the efficiency of the department and minimise corruption.

Responding to a question by UNP Matara District MP Buddhika Pathirana, the Minister said that the government was losing revenue due to corruption and shortcomings on the part of Customs.

Minister Karunanayake said that the installment of new equipment would enable Customs to increase revenue to Rs. 700 bn by end of this year. Customs revenue had been only Rs. 385 billion in 2014 and Rs. 490 billion in 2015, Parliament was told.

MP Pathirana alleged that some racketeers wrapped contraband in carbon paper so that they could not be properly screened.

Minister Karunanayake assured that that the new container scanning system along with a CCTV camera system would be installed within next two to three months.

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