Amit Shah calls on agencies to unite to end drug trafficking and addiction

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah today called on all concerned agencies and states to unite to end the menace of drug trafficking and addiction. Emphasizing coordination between various law enforcement agencies and states, the minister said, the Home Office is working in coordination with other ministries and all others concerned to help society get rid of drug addiction.

He was addressing the National Conference on ‘Drug Trafficking and National Security’ in Chandigarh after launching dog teams to control drug trafficking, NCORD and NIDAAN gates.

The NCORD portal will not only help with coordination but also with knowledge management. The NIDAAN portal contains information about NARCO prisoners.

The Union Home Secretary also witnessed the disposal of drugs in four locations across the country. NCB teams in Delhi, Chennai, Guwahati and Kolkata cleared over 30,000 kg of drugs in front of the Home Minister via video conference during this program.

Talking about the achievements of the Modi government in controlling drug trafficking, the Union Minister said that the Ministry of Home Affairs has taken multidimensional initiatives over the past seven years and the results are overwhelming. He said there was a 200% increase in registered cases and a 260% increase in arrests to control drug trafficking. He said that from 2006 to 2013, a total of 1.52 lakh kilograms of drugs were recovered, while from 2014 to 2021, a total of 3.3 lakh kilograms of drugs were seized. Mr Shah said that during the tenure of the Modi government, drugs worth Rs 20,000 crore were seized.

The Union Minister said that the NCB is working to launch a helpline soon. He also said that for a speedy trial of drug cases, the constitution of expedited courts and exclusive courts is being discussed with the Supreme Court.

Mr. Shah also stressed coordination between agencies and administration at the district level to control the threat of drugs. Appreciating states that have set up anti-narcotics cells, he called on the rest of the states to do so. Assuring the help and support of the central government, he called on states to hand over difficult drug cases to the NCB. However, if the case involves other countries, it is best to hand it over to the NIA, Shah said.

The chief ministers of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, the administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, officers from the Border Security Force, the National Investigation Agency and the Narcotics Control Bureau as well as heads of the States Anti-Naxal Task Force and Narcotics Coordinating Center (NCORD) members attended the conference.

In the evening, the Union Home Minister inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for various development projects at Maulijagran in Chandigarh.

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