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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Home Affairs
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1234
TO BE ANSWERED ON 15.07.2009
Smuggling and Consumption of Drugs in the Country .
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether Government is aware of recent reports indicating that in addition to being a major transit centre for drug smuggling, consumption of drugs is increasing in the country;
(b) if so, the details thereof, city-wise and State-wise; and
(c) the steps Government has taken/ proposes to take to combat and curb drug consumption and smuggling?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI MULLAPPALLY RAMACHANDRAN)
(a): No, Sir. Government do not have any authentic report to indicate that consumption of drugs is increasing in the country.
(b): Does not arise.
(c): The steps taken by Government to combat and curb drug consumption and smuggling is at Annexure-IAnnexure I to Rajya Sabha Unstarred Question No.1234 to be answered on 15.07.2009 regarding `Smuggling and consumption of Drugs in the country` by Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar:i) Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment under its scheme of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse is providing financial assistance to Non-Governmental Organizations for running De-addiction centres.
ii) A National Drug Awareness Campaign is launched every year on the occasion of `International Day against illicit trafficking and Drug Abuse` on 26th June. Under this campaign, ill effects of the drugs are discussed with people so that correct information and life skills are available to young people to help them to choose a drug free and healthy life style.
iii) Information. Education and communication (IEC) materials like posters, banners, panels, brochures` audio and visual spots have been developed to impart knowledge about drugs through radio, television, newspapers and other mass media. Special camps are organized from time to time in which the messages against drugs are spread through discussions, rallies, puppet shows, street plays and pantomime shows.
iv) Strict surveillance and enforcement at import and export points;
v) Intensive preventive and interdiction efforts along known drug routes;
vi) Improved coordination between the various drug la enforcement agencies for greater cohesion in interdiction measures.
vii) Strengthening of international liaison for dissemination of operational intelligence. Government has signed bi lateral agreements/MoUs, MLA Ts/Extradition treaties with many countries to provide mutual cooperation and assistance in all drug related matters. Increased international cooperation has led to number of joint operations including Controlled Delivery operations.
viii) Special efforts are being made to deal drug trafficking by Internet Pharmacy, Methamphetamine Labs, courier parcels etc.
ix) Conducting training programmes for law enforcement officials for upgrading their skills to combat drug trafficking.
x) Implementing a scheme of monetary rewards for information leading to seizures of Narcotics drugs to informants and officers.
xi) Financial assistance being provided to eligible States for strengthening their narcotics units. Apex level coordination committees in the States have been constituted to review the drug situation including illicit cultivation and preventive action taken by the State.