Drug smuggling hit hard, seizures increased 26 times in eight years; Modi government made such a plan
There has been a lot of discussion about tough decisions like surgical and air strikes against terrorists in the Modi government. But very few people know about the effective action taken during the eight years of the Modi government against the drugs that have hollowed out the youth power of the country. If we compare the action taken during the eight years of the Modi government against the drug trade with the action taken in the previous eight years, then there has been a manifold increase in the number of drugs caught the arrested by smugglers.
According to the data, a total of 1257 cases of drug trafficking were registered between 2006 and 2013 in the eight years before the Modi government, which increased by 152 percent to 3172 between 2014 and 2022. The number of accused arrested during this period increased by 260 percent from 1363 to 4,888. The number of drugs seized also increased from 1.52 lakh kg to 3.33 lakh kg, almost doubling. The great thing is that more deadly drugs like heroin, cocaine, ketamine, and mephedrone are being caught in more quantities. In the eight years before 2014, 71 kg of morphine, 1606 kg of heroin, and 216 kg of ketamine were seized 2014 as against 616 kg, 3899 kg, and 784 kg respectively. Similarly, in drug-related cases, more than Rs 20 thousand crores have been seized after 2014 as compared to Rs 768 crore in the eight years before 2014.
The story of the way the drug trade was controlled in the last eight years is interesting, which was created by the Ministry of Home Affairs after Prime Minister Modi's call for a drug-free India. It would not be an exaggeration to call it the 'War Against Drugs', in which all the stakeholders of the system participated. While on the one hand the investigative agencies were chalked out, on the other hand, coordination with various states and international institutions was strengthened with reforms in the laws that had become irrelevant.
The important thing is that earlier when only small drug suppliers were caught, now the big suppliers are getting tightened. Along with this, hi-tech suppliers of encrypted messages and cryptocurrency on the darknet have also started tightening. In the same year, several large networks supplying large quantities of heroin from Afghanistan to India were busted. In this connection, 150 kg heroin worth Rs 1500 crore was seized from a godown located in Shaheen Bagh, Delhi. Similarly, an internet pharmacy was busted in Hyderabad, which used to supply narcotics through the post to America.
In the fight against drugs, the Multi-Agency Coordination Center set up for action against terror is proving to be very helpful. It was formed in the Intelligence Bureau for real-time exchange between terror-related information agencies. Following the instructions of Home Minister Amit Shah, information related to drugs was also included while expanding its limits. The exchange of information in real-time is proving to be more effective against drug traffickers as well as against smugglers who use darknet and cryptocurrency currency.
The fight against drugs has been kept away from political conflicts by the Modi government. In all the states, including those ruled by the opposition, a solid framework has been prepared against drug smuggling at the district, state, and central levels. Under this, the Narco Coordination Center has been formed involving all the agencies. It meets every month in the district and three months in the state. At the national level, the Narcotics Control Bureau coordinates with the State Coordination Centres. Along with this, all the states have been asked to constitute a Narcotics Task Force under the leadership of the Additional Director General of Police or Director of Police. This task force also serves as the secretariat for the Narco Coordination Center in the state. This has given a new edge to the fight against drugs across the country. Along with this, the Bureau of Police Research and Development is preparing a new database to completely check drug smuggling. It will be shared with all agencies. This can prove to be effective in keeping a complete watch on the activities of drug smugglers.
In the fight against drugs, the Center is also increasing the coordination among the concerned departments. For this, the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Shipping, Indian Coast Guard, DRI, and Department of Posts have been brought on a single platform. Their officers are also being trained. An agreement has also been signed between NCB and National Science University to gather strong evidence against drug smugglers.