In the aftermath of the recent heavy rains and floods in Chennai and adjacent parts in Tamil Nadu, the officers and staff of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax Commissionerates of Visakhapatnam donated Rs. 2,25,100/- as their contribution towards the relief and rehabilitation of the flood-affected people of Tamil Nadu.
The donation drive (in the department all offices located in Vizag, Kakinada, Rajamundry and Vijayanagaram) was co-ordinated by Customs, Excise and Service Tax Volunteers' Association (CESVA). CESVA was formed by a group of departmental officers and staff in the aftermath of the Hudhud Cyclone last year. It started off by working with Vizag Zoo and forest department authorities to clear the tree debris in the Zoo, Animal Rescue Centre etc. among other places. Over the next few months, CESVA expanded its activities to initiatives like "Swachh Bharat"campaign and undertook beach cleaning activities at Rushikonda and R K Beach in the city. Recently, it has also started 'CESVA study circle' in Central Revenue Quarters, Sand Hills with a small group of IRS officers providing free guidance to needy students preparing for Civil Services and other competitive exams.
Edara Ravi Kiran IRS