New Delhi, Aug 9 (PTI) The govt has requested airways to proportion touch, PNR main points and cost main points of all world passengers with customs officers 24 hours prior to the departure of flights.
In a notification, the Finance Ministry stated that the tips received from the main points of passengers might be used for bettering surveillance and possibility evaluation of passengers getting into or abroad.
The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on Monday notified the ‘Passenger Name Record Information Regulations, 2022’, asking airways to compulsorily agree to it.
The goal of the law is to behavior a “risk analysis” of vacationers to forestall financial and different criminals from fleeing the rustic. Along with this, this provision will lend a hand in checking any unlawful actions like smuggling.
With this, India has joined the record of 60 nations accumulating PNR main points of world air passengers.
According to the notification, “Each airline shall intimate the names and other records of the passengers to the Customs Department. The operators have already collected this information as part of normal business operations.
The notification states that every airline will have to register with the customs department to comply with this rule.
Airlines will have to give information of international passengers coming to and out of India. This information will also include the name of the passenger, billing/payment information (credit card number), date of issue of the ticket along with the names of others traveling on the same PNR ticket.
The government had proposed in the budget five years ago to give the information of PNR of international air passengers to the Customs department 24 hours before the flight. But its formal framework has now come to the fore.
However, the government has not given the reason behind making such arrangements mandatory. But analysts said that this provision is to prevent bank loan defaulters from fleeing the country.
The government itself has said in Parliament that a total of 38 economic criminals like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya have fled the country in the last five years.
According to this notification, for non-compliance of this rule, the airline will have to pay a fine of minimum Rs 25,000 and maximum up to Rs 50,000 for every violation.
Apart from this, information related to passengers can also be shared with other legal agencies if needed. However, such a step will be taken after looking into the matter.