Drug menace: Reddy calls for concerted efforts by BIMSTEC nations

Drug menace: Reddy calls for concerted efforts by BIMSTEC nations

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New Delhi, Feb 14: The Union Minister for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Friday called for a concerted efforts by the BIMSTEC countries to fight against the menace of drug trafficking by sharing the experiences and information.

Presiding over the Valedictory session of the 'Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking' for BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Partner Nations, here at Vigyan Bhawan, he said that this multi-dimensional menace can be tackled by comprehensive attack and strategy with a joint and coordinated approach.

The Minister expressed hope that over the past two days this conference must have discussed many important facts and issues in detail while focusing the emerging challenges.

Describing drug trafficking as a common menace to all the nations of the world, Mr Reddy said that it has the capacity to destabilize the economy and its impact is equally visible at the level of single individual destroying families and destructing the social fabric.

Talking about the steps taken by India in combating the drug trafficking he further said that the government has laid down a well thought out strategy to increase coordination among the agencies of the Centre as well as states and the Home Ministry has established a joint coordination committee to increase surveillance over drug trafficking. He said that we are committed to combat Drug trafficking through greater regional cooperation.

The minister also informed us that the relation between BIMSTEC countries are much beyond the diplomatic relations as we have centuries old deep cultural and traditional ties however we all face similar maritime security threats.

The issues of terrorism and drug trafficking have increased manifold through the maritime route and this makes the coordination among these nation all the important.

At this occasion, senior officials from Ministry of External Affairs, Mr R Subrahmanyam and Ms Vijay Thakur Singh and Narcotics Control Bureau Director General Rakesh Asthana and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

BIMSTEC is a forum of seven neighbouring countries Bangladesh, India, Mynmar, SriLanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan was established in the year 1997. (UNI)