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Border reward

Shayal Devi
Thursday, March 20, 2014

A CUSTOMS officer who played a key role in cracking a $1.3milion liquor smuggling and duty evasion operation was yesterday rewarded for his hard work.

At a special recognition ceremony yesterday for seven front line officers, it was revealed that Navneeth Chandra also recovered about $150,000 worth of foreign and local currencies from the suspect's wife.

The Fiji Islands and Customs Authority said Mr Chandra played an instrumental role in several other investigations, including stopping a local travelling on a passport with different details.

FRCA CEO Jitoko Tikolevu said the authority would reward staff members who were exceptional in their line of duty.

"We want to motivate them to continue to excel in their work and ensure that revenue is collected but, more importantly, that our borders are secure," he said.

"The authority also rewarded customs officers who won the Fijian Host of the Month awards last year.

"Six FRCA employees won awards for various months in 2013 and the overall winner for the year was Customs officer Deepak Kumar.

"It is important that we continue to improve our services and serve our customers well.

"Customs officers and those who work at the airport are tourism ambassadors and they influence the perception of tourists of Fiji and its people."





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