Central Excise Day
Central Excise Day in India is celebrated on February 24. Day was established to recognize the contribution of the Central Board of Excise and Custom. The Board is a government agency responsible for administering matters relating to customs, central excise, service tax, and narcotics. The Central Board of Excise and Custom is one of the oldest government agencies in India, it was established in 1855 as the Customs and General Excise department. Currently it operates under the Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance. It is responsible for collecting excise duty, service tax, customs duty and narcotics duty, preventing smuggling and drug trafficking. Central Excise Day is celebrated on February 24 to mark the enactment of the Central Excise and Salt Act in 1944. The holiday aims to honor the contribution of the Central Board of Excise and Custom to the country's economy and to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of its employees. This professional day is celebrated across the country with seminars, workshops, educational and cultural events, awareness programs, competitions, and award ceremonies. The most outstanding employees of the excise and custom department are rewarded with special prizes for their service to the Indian government.