Shah calls for mutual assistance to prevent drug trafficking

Shah calls for mutual assistance to prevent drug trafficking

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New Delhi, Feb 13: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday called for mutual assistance among the BIMSTEC countries to prevent drug trafficking, terrorism and transnational crime.

Inaugurating the two-day conference on controlling drug trafficking for BIMSTEC countries here, he said that India has prepared a strong policy to prevent this menace and has also reviewed the policies for prosecution and coordination among the various agencies working at different levels.

Assuring the participant countries ( Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan), that neither India will allow the entry of drugs from any part of the world nor will let the drug export from this soil, Mr Shah said that India has zero tolerance policy for drug trafficking and also taken some strong steps to prevent this problem.

He further said that besides having diplomatic relations with the participant nations, India also shares the culture and traditions and the nations near Bay of Bengal have to work in close coordination to prevent this menace.

"India has taken major initiatives with United Nations(UN) and Interpol to have a better coordination with international agencies and revisited manuals and policies," Mr Shah said.

He also briefed about the certain measures taken by the Union Home Ministry such as setting up a National Coordination unit for better cooperation between various agencies at Centre and state levels, Joint Committee for the proper identification of drugs, digitalisation of drug data and e-portal. (UNI)