Fight Against Counterfeiting And Smuggling

FICCI CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy) today organized an Interschool meet to fight the menace of counterfeiting and smuggling. Students from over 20 leading schools in Delhi NCR competed against each other in two categories of competition, namely painting and elocution on the theme.


India’s economic growth story has attracted the world’s attention bringing new challenges for the domestic economy. One of the major issues for the economy and industry is the uninhibited growth of illicit trade in terms of counterfeiting and smuggling. The market for illegal goods is thriving in India and has become one of the biggest challenges faced by Indian industry. FICCI’s initiative in the form of “Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy (CASCADE)”, is a dedicated forum on the agenda of fighting the menace of smuggling and counterfeiting.  Over the years, FICCI CASCADE is working on creating awareness on tackling this problem which is a serious menace to public health and safety. Along with policymakers, industry, enforcement officials and media, CASCADE has been working closely with the country’s youth in its fight to address this issue through various interschool and intercollege competitions and programmes.

FICCI CASCADE believes that it is important to bring the youth onboard the awareness campaign and through them influence the society as a whole. It is a fact that the modern day youngsters are prolific users of networking and communication tools and an idea planted in their minds can become an instrument of change. The objective of such competitions is to increase awareness among young children to fight the menace of fake and spurious goods. This, in turn, is also expected to inspire them to be socially responsible citizens

The competitions were judged by Mr. P. C. Jha, Advisor, FICCI CASCADE & Former Special Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), Mr. Deep Chand, Advisor of FICCI CASCADE & Former Special Commissioner of Police, New Delhi and Dr. Usha Rao, Asst. Controller General, Patents and Design, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India

The winners in both the competitions were as follows:

Elocution Competition:

1st - Alana Seby, Class IX, St. Francis de Sales Senior Secondary School, Janakpuri

2nd – Swapnil Srivastava, Class IX, Tagore International School

3rd –  Prakriti, Class IX, DAV Public School Pushpanjali Enclave

Painting Competition

1st –  Bhavya Wangnoo, Class IX Birla Vidya Niketan

2nd – Abhishek Rawat, Class X, Jindal Public School

3rd -  Isha Sihag, Class IX, Jindal Public School, and Hibah Ishan, Class IX, DPS, RK Puram

Several steps are being taken by FICCI CASCADE and the government to create large-scale awareness among the most impacted segment of this menace: the consumer. This youth awareness initiative is one of a series of such events to be organized across the country as part of a nation-wide awareness campaign to highlight the issue and focus on the growing menace of illicit trade. 

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