GUWAHATI : The Union Home Minister Amit Shah has stressed the countrymen to get united to curb the menace of narcotics trafficking for drug free India. Speaking at the second regional meeting on ‘Drug Trafficking and National Security’ in Guwahati, Shah while emphasizing the importance of tracking the funding behind networks that dealt in drugs asserted that fight against drugs cannot be fought by the Centre alone as States’ coordination is required to fight against this drug trafficking. There is a link between drug traffickers and insurgency in our country and we must work to root out the drug cartel from our country, added the Union Home Minister.
The Home Minister said that for a healthy society we all should work in a coordinated manner for a drug-free society and without coordination between all parties we cannot fight against it.
Shah urged all North Eastern States’ Chief Ministers to work in a coordinated manner as this is the main route for drug traffickers into our country. He informed that the government has identified 272 districts and more than 80,000 villages to fight this battle as these areas are under the impact of the drug trade. He said talks are on with the Supreme Court for setting up fast-track courts and exclusive courts and strict punishments for drug traffickers.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is working on a three-tier formula for strengthening the institutional structure, empowerment, and coordination of all narco agencies, comprehensive awareness campaigns, and de-addiction,” Shah said. Today, about 40,000 kg of drugs, which were confiscated by various units of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the North Easter states, were destroyed virtually by the Union Home Minister.