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Govt to move NDPS from FinMin to MHA

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The authorities is contemplating transferring the administration of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1988 from the finance ministry to Ministry of Home Affairs to carry all points associated to narcotics beneath one division, sources stated. 

Currently, whereas the home ministry governs the Narcotics Control Bureau, the Department of Revenue (DoR) within the finance ministry administers the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act of 1985 and the Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1988. 

Transfer of administration of the 2 Acts from DoR to MHA is beneath deliberation, two sources briefed on the matter stated. E-mails despatched to Ministry of Finance and MHA for feedback remained unanswered. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is a central legislation enforcement and intelligence company that has been tasked with combating drug trafficking and the usage of unlawful substances beneath the provisions of the NDPS Act. 

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, generally known as the NDPS Act, prohibits an individual from the manufacturing/manufacturing/cultivation, possession, sale, buy transport, storage, and/or consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance. 

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Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (PITNDPS) Act, 1988 offers for detention in sure instances for the aim of stopping illicit visitors in narcotic medicine and psychotropic substances. Sources stated the switch was being thought of beneath the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961. 

According to the Rules, DoR takes care of “all matters relating to international conventions, agreements, protocols, etc., in respect of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals” besides these allotted to MHA. It has a narcotics Department however the Narcotics Control Bureau is with MHA. 

The MHA takes care of “all matters relating to Narcotics Control Bureau set up under the provisions of Section 4(3) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and coordination of all measures for preventing and combating abuse of and illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.”  

It additionally seems to be at “all matters relating to international conventions, agreements, protocols, etc., in respect of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals which the Ministry of Home Affairs and organizations under it are authorized to deal with except matters allocated to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue.” Transferring administration of the NDPS Act and PITNDPS to MHA will result in a single command chain and unification of all issues associated to narcotics, sources stated. 

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