Shah will witness the burning of narcotics in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati on Saturday while attending the ‘National Conference on Drug Trafficking and National Security’ in Chandigarh.
Conference – to be attended by the Chief Ministers of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab; Administrator of Chandigarh; Senior officers of BSF, NIA and NCB; Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) chiefs of the respective states; and members of Narco Coordination Center (NCORD) – the first such conference that brings together Chief Ministers and Anti-Narcotics Enforcement and Investigation Agencies.
As part of NCB’s Drug Disposal Campaign launched on 1st June, 2022 following the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi To celebrate the Amrit Mahotsav of Azadi, its teams in 11 states have so far (till June 29) disposed of more than 51,217 kg of medicines.
As an additional 30,468 kg of drugs – 19,320 kg in Delhi, 1309 kg in Chennai, 3077 kg in Kolkata and 6,761 kg in Guwahati – are set on fire before the home minister on Friday, the cumulative figure will reach 81,686 kg, according to the NCB. The target of 75,000 kg was exceeded.
A Home Ministry spokesperson on Friday said this would be a major achievement and a sign of the Modi government’s resolve to make India drug-free.
According to a reply given by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Lok Sabha on December 21, 2021, the NCB seized 59,467 kg of drugs in 2021, 51,850 kg in 2020 and 40,242 in 2019. Also in 2021 it destroyed 33,325 kg of drugs, 7,588 kg of drugs. in 2020 and 32,990 kg in 2019.