Availability of a sound statistical data base is a pre-requisite of sound
planning in any field of economic activity. It is more so in the case of
Revenue from Indirect Taxes (Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax) where
statistics is required by policy makers not only for policy planning but also
for monitoring of revenue collection on a regular basis. Therefore the role of
a strong database for the purpose of planning and policy and formulation in
respect of revenue from Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax hardly needs
any emphasis. The need for creating a sound statistical system in respect of
Indirect Taxes led to establishment of what is now known as Directorate of Data
Creation of Directorate of Data Management
This Directorate was started as a small branch office in 1947 in Board's
office, on the recommendation of Statistical Expert Committee, expanded to
become a full fledged Directorate in 1972, namely- The Directorate of
Statistics & Intelligence, Customs & Central Excise. Apart from
providing statistical input to CBEC, the Directorate was also entrusted with
the job of bringing out important publications viz. Central Excise Tariff,
Customs Tariff and Monthly Bulletins etc. However, keeping in view the
expansion of statistical activity, the work relating to publication of Central
Excise Tariff, Customs Tariff and Budget Bulletins was separated from
Statistical work and a separate Directorate of Publication was created for the
purposes of publication work. The Directorate of Statistics and Intelligence
was renamed as Directorate of Data Management, Customs & Central Excise
w.e.f. 27th June, 2002. The Directorate of Data Management is part of
Directorate General of System and Data Management headed by a Director General.
He is assisted by an Additional Director General, one Deputy Director General
(ISS Cadre), one Chief Statistical Officer (ISS Cadre), one Additional
Commissioner, One Senior most Systems Analyst, two Deputy/Assistant Commissioners and two Senior Research
Officers (ISS Cadre).
CBEC’s MIS Program
In pursuance of one of the actions included in the CBEC RFD for 2013-14, a working Group for developing an effective Management Information System (MIS) was constituted by the Board vide OM dated 03-October, 2013. The Working Group submitted its report in June 2014 recommending a new system of online Reporting by the Field Formations under the CBEC in place of existing system of Reporting adopted on the basis of Chitra Gauri Lal Committee Report in 2005. DDM has been nominated as the Nodal Agency of the CBEC for evolving web-based solutions / utilities for collection, aggregation and retrieval of data pertaining to Revenue and Other Key Areas / Domain which are required to be submitted periodically by the Field Formations to all the Directorates under the CBEC.
The MIS has been proposed to be implemented in three stages: First Stage: Online / web uploading of informations in predefined formats (128 MPRs), Second Stage : Digital recording of some critical events (manual registers to be replaced by e-registers), Third Stage: Capture of all critical Events and integration of Modules to achieve complete automation of the processes. DDM have developed all the web based utilities and have created the login-ids and passwords for all the users required for implementation of First Stage and presently it is in the process of testing the utilities and educating / training the staff of the Field and Directorates for performing their respective roles of data submission and retrieval on DDM’s common portal.