New Delhi hosts “Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking”

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has organised the two days BIMSTEC’s Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking in New Delhi. The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) conference was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Home Affairs.

Participants of the BIMSTEC’s Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking:

Delegates from BIMSTEC partner nations including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and India participated in the BIMSTEC’s Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking. The conference is a platform for all the participating countries to engage with each other to exchange ideas, policies and best practices in order to combat the issue of illicit drug trade which is plaguing every nation

Indian Government’s stance on the issue:

  • Government of India has adopted the zero tolerance policy against the trade of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. India has also signed 26 bilateral agreements, 15 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) and 2 security pacts with other countries to combat the issue of illicit drug trade. In order to prevent the online sale of narcotics and illicit drugs, the Government of India has issued the notification regarding the registration of B2B companies.
  • The Union Government has also laid down a strategy to increase the coordination among the agencies of the Centre as well as States. The Ministry of Home Affairs has formed a joint coordination committee to improve the surveillance over drug trafficking. An e-portal has also been started for digitalisation of drug data that may be utilized by various drug enforcement agencies.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister for Home Affairs: Amit Shah.

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