Q. Consider the following statements about Directorate of Revenue Intelligence:
1. It is the apex anti-smuggling agency of India, constituted in 1957.
2. It works under Ministry of Home affairs.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A
Notes:

About DRI:

It is the apex anti-smuggling agency of India, constituted in 1957. It works under the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC), Ministry of Finance.

Mandate: It is tasked with detecting and curbing smuggling of contraband, including drug trafficking and illicit international trade in wildlife and environmentally sensitive items. It is also responsible for combating commercial frauds related to international trade and evasion of Customs duty.

DRI has also been designated as the lead agency for the Anti-Smuggling National Coordination Centre (SCord).

Note: Central board of Indirect taxes (CBIC) is the nodal national agency responsible for administering Customs, GST, Central Excise, and Service Tax & Narcotics in India. It is part of the Department of Revenue under Union Ministry of Finance. It is headquartered in New Delhi.

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