➡ Anti-narcotics scheme extended by Government for 3 more years.
– The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the Anti-Narcotics Scheme for 3 more years to combat illicit trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substances.
– The scheme was first launched in October 2004 for period of five years.
– It was later extended twice in subsequent years. It aims to assist states and Union Territories financially which are contributing in controlling inter-state and cross-border drug trafficking.
– The main strategy under the scheme includes reduction of both supply and demand of drugs and psychotropic substances.
– The supply reduction will include enforcement activities and demand reduction will involve rehabilitation and de-addiction measures.
– The financial assistance for narcotics control has been extended, with an estimated budget of Rs. 21 crore It will be provided to all anti-narcotics agencies for strengthening their enforcement capabilities to combat illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic.
– It is also proposed to be provided for all capacity building activities, including training of personnel.
– There are approximately 40 lakh drug addicts in the country. The most common drugs of abuse are ganja hashish, opium and heroin.
– Moreover there is serious abuse of pharmaceutical preparations like ‘buprenorphine’, codeine based cough syrups and painkillers like ‘proxivon’In certain regions of country, drug abuse already has become severe social-economic problem affecting vulnerable age groups