The Cochin Customs Brokers’ Association (CCBA) celebrated the 74th Independence Day with hoisting of the flag at the Association office by the Commissioner of Customs, Cochin at 9.45am. This was followed by the launching of its CSR initiative at 11.30am to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to its members, staff and labourers of the Kerala Headload Workers Welfare Board (Willingdon Island). The chief guest was the Commissioner of Customs, Shri Muhammed Yousaf and the dignitaries who attended this function included the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Shri G.D Vijayakumar; The Cochin Port Trust Traffic manager Shri. Vipin R. Menoth and the Willingdon Island Kerala Headload Workers Welfare Board Chairman, Shri Mahesh T.Pai apart from the Trade Union leaders, convenors, CCBA members, their select staff and labourers.
The importance of the Customs Brokers, their staff and labourers in the functioning of the Port and Customs as essential services was highlighted, and to ensure that this main cog in the economic machinery functions well, the Association took the initiative to procure and distribute high quality reusable face shields, masks and gloves so that the people could discharge their duties safely while maintaining the COVID 19 safety protocols.The Commissioner of Customs inaugurated the distribution of PPE kit. While felicitating the function, Commissioner praised the Association for taking such an initiative as it is the need of the hour. He further told that the society has to live responsibly with COVID, and to lead a healthy life we have to use proper protective gears and take preventive measures.
The Commissioner of Customs, dignitaries and Trade Union Leaders Mr.Jamal Kunju of INTUC, Mr.B.Hmsa of CITU and all others appreciated the efforts taken by the CCBA.The Assistant Police Commissioner Shri G.D. Vijayakumar was made aware of the importance of the CCBA staff and labourers in the Port and Customs functioning and was convinced that they would be responsible citizens in our battle against this pandemic armed with the PPE equipment being distributed.The Assistant Commissioner also congratulated the Association and assured that he will try to give permission for movement of CBs personnel within the parameters of the law.
The PPE kits were then distributed by the dignitaries to a few of the labourers and staff of the CCBA members. The function was conducted following necessary safety precautions and concluded at around 1.30pm with singing of the National Anthem.
Also it should be pertinent to mention that Mr.Mohammed Yousaf IRS, Commissioner of Customs, Customs House, Cochin has taken the initiative to increase number of the Personal Baggage Clearance per day from 15-20 earlier to 40-60 per day from Cochin Port Trust CFS – Q10 with the whole hearted support of Mr.Vipin R Menoth, Traffic Manager, Cochin Port Trust.