Odisha-born IRS officer elected chairman of Enforcement Committee of WCO

Bhubaneswar: Odisha-born bureaucrat Debi Prasad Dash has been elected as chairman of Enforcement Committee of World Customs Organisation (WCO).

The 1985 batch IRS (Customs and Central Excise) officer has been unanimously elected to the coveted post which makes him the first Indian Customs officer to be elected to this prestigious position. Earlier he was Vice-Chair for last two years.

Dash is currently serving as Principal Director General of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), the premier agency tracking smuggling and black money.

The Brussels headquartered organisation represents 182 customs administrations across the globe that collectively process 98% of the world trade.

Dash has worked with several institutions including UN Security Council, Commonwealth Secretariat and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He took over as the DRI chief in July 2017. Earlier, he was serving as the acting chief of the DRI.

The Utkal University alumnus is also a recipient of the President’s award for specially distinguished record of service and also merit award from the World Customs Organisation (WCO). He was also appointed as the head of the International Panel of Experts of the UN Security Council, monitoring arms embargo, travel ban and financial sanctions in Africa and was a member of the INTERPOL Working Group on Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism.

After graduating from Utkal University with Political Science Honours, Dash obtained LLB degree from University of Delhi. He did his MA in International Studies including International Law and M. Phil in Disarmament Studies from School of International Studies, JNU.

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