Centre taking definitive approach to knock drug trafficking down: Amit Shah

New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the central government is taking a definitive approach to control drug trafficking trade under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Addressing a conference on combating drug trafficking for BIMSTEC countries here, Shah said that a law will be framed by the government for coordination among different organisations to tackle the drug menace. “We will not allow the import and export of intoxicating drugs. We are completely dedicated to controlling drug trafficking. I congratulate the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for its manual, which has been prepared in a very short time. India has zero-tolerance towards intoxicating drugs,” the Home Minister asserted.

“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, we are taking a definitive approach to control drug trafficking and trade. We are about to set a framework for coordination among different organizations to fight this challenge,” he said.

Referring to a data compiled by the World Drug Report, Shah said that 5.5 per cent of people in the world between 15-64 years are using drugs.

“That means over 27 crore people use such drugs. The swift rise in this number is alarming. In 2010, it was 21 crore,” he added.

Shah said that drug trafficking trade is a major income source for anti-social elements and terrorists. “These elements use this income for their illegal and unlawful activities,” he added.

The Home Minister said, “We must utilise our trans-national ability against terrorism and drug trafficking. In 2019, the amount of illegal heroin in India had crossed 2 metric tons by September. In 2018, the total number was only 1.2 metric tons. This shows how diligently our agencies have increased their work.”

Talking about the steps, the Centre has taken to combat the menace, Shah said that the Centre has initiated better coordination and linkage between organisations that combat illegal drugs.

“We have formulated national coordination between Union and State agencies to perform this task better,” he further said.

Amit Shah to visit Bengal in March

Kolkata: Finding itself on the back foot over the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register, BJP has decided to send Amit Shah to Kolkata to clear the narrative among the masses on what the Centre’s is actually up to over NPR. He is set to visit the Eastern state in the first week of March.

After Tuesday’s devastating poll results in the national capital and BJP’s desperation to win the 2021 Assembly polls in Bengal (as a face saving exercise), the party felt it necessary to address the issue clearly, especially in Bengal, amid “confusions among the public that NPR is linked with the NRC.”

Shah will be in Kolkata for one day and besides having a public meeting, he will also have an internal party meeting to evaluate the present position of the party in Bengal in the booth level.

The objective of the NPR is to create an identity database of every usual resident in the country. The database would contain demographic as well as biometric particulars.