Here are all the steps the government is taking to get to the roots of the problem.
Which are the agencies which enforce drug laws in India?
In India, Narcotics Control Bureau is the apex agency for Drug Law Enforcement. The other agencies are Central Bureau of Narcotics, Dept. of Central Excise & Customs, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, State Police, State Excise etc.
What is the Act which controls and regulates use of drugs in India?
In India, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 controls and regulates use of narcotic drugs. Medicinal and Prescription drugs are governed by the Drugs & Cosmetics Act.
What is the quantum of punishment for drug offences in India?
Punishment is prescribed in NDPS Act, 1985. The Punishment is graded into 3 categories depending upon the quantity of drugs involved.
- Small Quantity: Imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to 10000 or both
- Medium Quantity: Imprisonment up to 10 years and fine up to 1 lakh.
- Commercial Quantity: Imprisonment up to 2 years and fine up to 1-2 lakh.
What are the small, medium and commercial quantities for common drugs?
Small, medium and commercial quantities for common drugs are defined in NDPS Act, 1985.
Is there capital punishment for drug offences in India?
The NDPS Act, 1985 vide sec 31A provides for death penalty for certain repeated offences after a previous conviction.
Can the enforcement agencies take action against the properties of drug offenders?
The NDPS Act, 1985 provides for freezing and forfeiture of properties of the drug offenders subject to certain conditions laid down under sec 68 A to Z of the Act.
What are the international agencies involved in drug control?
The International agencies involved in drug control are
- United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC).
- International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
- Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).
What is trafficking pattern of heroin, ganja and cocaine in India?
Indian Scene: Location between ‘Golden Crescent’ and ‘Golden Triangle’ makes it vulnerable for trafficking of narcotics through Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan & Gujarat besides long and vulnerable coastline, especially the west coast.
Is use of ATS prevalent in India?
Yes, it is slowly spreading in the country, especially in urban areas.
Which is the most preferred means of trafficking drugs - land, air or sea?
Drug trafficking takes place through all means of transport depending on the suitability.
What is Narco-terrorism?
The term was introduced by Peruvian President Belaunde Terry in 1983 to refer to violence used by Latin American cocaine cartels. Narco-Terrorism involves illicit narcotics trade and organizing violence. It is nexus between drug offenders and terrorists to procure arms and ammunitions and meet expenses for terrorist and subversive activities.