Union Home Minister Amit Shah receives a memento from Director General of Civil Aviation Security and Director General of the Narcotics Control Bureau, Rakesh Asthana, during the inauguration of India’s first BIMSTEC conference on drug trafficking, in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
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.