Monday, 7 September 2015

First National Drugs Map

  • Why in news?
    • The first-ever official exercise to map the drug menace in India, on the orders of the Supreme Court, has revealed that of the 51.4 lakh kg of narcotics confiscated across the country over the last 10 years, only 16 lakh kg were destroyed.
    • Rajasthan alone recorded 23 per cent of the total haul with 11.81 lakh kg seized under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, followed by 
      • Punjab (9.2 lakh kg), 
      • Madhya Pradesh (8.04 lakh kg) and 
      • Tamil Nadu (6.57 lakh kg).
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Details:
Apart from ordering the collection of data of narcotics seized in the last 10 years, along with information regarding their storage and destruction, the apex court also made the chief secretaries of the states accountable for gathering statistics from police chiefs, and forwarding their reports to the high courts concerned.
Section 52A of the NDPS Act states that confiscated drugs “shall, as soon as may be after their seizure, be disposed of by such officer and in such manner as that Government may from time to time, determine after following the procedure… specified”.

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