CHANDIGARH: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the Center stands shoulder to shoulder with Punjab in the fight against drugs as drug problem is high in Punjab being a border state and hence more efforts are needed. .
“We will also set up a forensic lab in Amritsar as well as an NCB center which will provide training,” he said while addressing the national conference.Drug trafficking and national security‘ in Chandigarh on Saturday.
“We are with Punjab to free the youth of Punjab from drugs which the state needs,” he said, assuring that the Center would provide strong support to Punjab’s anti-drug fight under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi.
He said that when Modi became the Prime Minister in 2014, the government had adopted a policy of zero tolerance against drugs and gradually made the fight against drugs a fast paced fight by plugging the loopholes in the system.
“Today, for the first time after independence, we have been able to take forward the fight against drug addiction with a clear direction and a fast pace. Its results are also visible. Drugs adversely affect the safety of the individual, society.” economy, and country. So it is necessary to uproot them firmly.”
He said that when drug trafficking spreads, it hollows out generations.
Shah also said that the ministry has put in place a coordination mechanism in which there should be no loopholes up to the district level through NCORD.Norco Coordination Center,
Nearly 200% more cases have been registered in the last eight years between 2014-2022 compared to 2006-2013, and there has been a 260% increase in the number of arrests. The quantity of drugs seized has more than doubled – 1.52 lakh kg of drugs were seized between 2006 and 2013, while 3.3 lakh kg of drugs were seized between 2014 and 2022.
Shah said that a 75-day drug eradication campaign is going on from June 1 to August 15 and on Saturday, the government destroyed about 31 thousand kg of drugs in four cities. At the end of the 75-day campaign, the quantity will reach 1 lakh kg, with an estimated black market value of around Rs 3,000 crore.