India@100: HM Amit Shah eyes drug-free India by 2047

Union Home minister calls for a “ruthless approach” by anti-narcotics agencies against drug syndicates

SRINAGAR | Updated: 20 April, 2023 7:10 pm IST
Union Home minister Amit Shah

Addressing the first conference of the heads of Anti-Narcotics Task Forces of states and Union territories, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Ministry of Home Affairs has set a target to create a drug-free India by 2047, when the country attains its 100th year of independence.

According to the data released by the Union Home minister for 2014-22 (provisional data for 2022), 3,544 cases were registered by the federal anti-narcotics agency NCB, in which 3,408 people were arrested.

As much as 3,73,495 kg of drugs were seized during this nine-year period and the value of the drugs seized by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) stood at ₹22,000 crores, about 30 times more than the eight years before the Modi government came to power, according to the data.

The comparative data for 2006-13 stood at 1,257 cases, 1,363 arrests and the seizure of 1,52,206 kgs of drugs carrying a total value of ₹768 crores.

The registration of criminal cases against drug traffickers and cartels in the country rose by 181 per cent during the nine years of the PM Narendra Modi government compared to eight years immediately before that, according to official data released on Wednesday by Home minister Shah.

Another set of data, compiled by the NCB, stated that all the anti-drugs enforcement agencies of the country disposed of 5,94,620 kgs of drugs worth ₹8,409 crores between June 2022 to March 24, 2023.

The Congress leader further said, “The Modi government’s multi-dimensional efforts led to an increase of around 145 per cent in the seizure of narcotics and 181 per cent more cases have been registered by the NCB against those involved in this business.”

He also stressed that a “ruthless approach” should be taken by anti-narcotics agencies against drug syndicates to eradicate this menace from the country.

“Drug traders are the main culprits, while drug consumers are the victims. We have to take a ruthless approach against the drug traders, and the strongest possible action should be taken against them,” he said.

The home minister said the PM Modi government is committed to eradicating the menace of drugs and a “whole of government” approach should be taken against it as it can destroy future generations.

“Narcotics not only make the young generation hollow, but along with this, there are many bad effects on the country’s economy as well. Simultaneously, through narco-terror, and the smuggling of narcotics, the security of the country’s border can be breached. But if the 130 crore Indians fight it together, we will win this battle,” he said.

Shah appealed to everyone to rise above politics and asked the state governments to keep aside their political differences and join the fight against narcotics together.

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