Stop it, Combat it

April 10, 2018 EDITORIAL 106 Views
Stop it, Combat it

With several legislations passed at State and central level pertaining to drug trafficking, there are many developments over this front. The stakeholders are finding it very difficult to carry out their questionable activities. Recently the Central government extended the assistance to states to combat illicit trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substance. The estimated budget for the three year period – 2017, 18 to 2019, 20 – as notified by Union home ministry is Rs 21 crore. Narcotics Control Scheme was launched in 2004, and has been extended twice due to the spread of drug menace all across India. The union government had to extend financial assistance to strengthen enforcement agencies to even union territories. An interesting point in the central government’s recent notification is that it mentions commonly abused substances and drugs, some of which are buprenorphine, codeine based cough syrups and painkillers like proxyvon. For many years now illicit trafficking of drugs – both banned pharmaceutical as well as psychotropic substances – has kept the enforcement agencies on toes. J&K Police quite frequently claims that it has arrested drug peddlers and seized narcotics in the state. Despite that the trafficking chain has been operating without a break, which raises certain questions on the methods and means used by the state while combating illicit drug trafficking. Arrests and seizures by police has become a process or a perpetual cycle that repeats after regular intervals of time. Possibly, police work is not enough to curb the drug trafficking and trade in the state. The state needs a more robust anti-narcotics force and a policy to weed out the illicit trafficking. If there are rackets or syndicates as they are sometimes called, the arrests made so far should have led the state police somewhere. These drugs are not manufactured here, at least not in Kashmir region. How they reach the drug stores (from where they are sold to abusers) happens to be a mystery, so it seems. But police having arrested even those in this trade should have given it (police) a fair idea from where it was coming. Back to the central government’s assistance and mode of combating drug trafficking, the national nodal agency happens to be Narcotics Control Bureau, and this bureau works with the states to fight against the drug trafficking. The state government must take tough stand to stop the drug trafficking activities across the State. The more they wait for it, the more we are going to lose our generations to this.

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