Kerala wants Centre to tighten anti-drug law

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 17:29

Thiruvananthapuram: Having embarked on a crackdown on sale of narcotic drugs within the state, the UDF government in Kerala has decided to urge the Centre to tighten the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act).

Disclosing this at a press meet here today, State Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the NDPS Act in its present form had some loopholes which had been exploited by drug peddlers and retailers.

These lacunae had to be plugged by making the law stronger by bringing in necessary amendments and the state would submit its proposals in this regard, he said.

The "clean campus save campus" campaign launched recently in the state would be taken forward far more vigorously to ensure that teenagers would not walk into the trap laid by drug pushers and vendors around colleges and schools.
Veteran cine actor Mammootty had agreed to be the brand ambassador for the campaign, he said. The Minister said that the drug mafia, having national and international links, mainly targeted campuses and tourist spots. So the campaign would focus on sanitising these places from the influence of drug sellers and their links.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 17:29

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