Chidambaram concerned over use of drugs by students
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 15:35
New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram Thursday concern over usage of drugs in rave parties and educational institutions, saying India has turned into a big market of narcotics.

"Drugs are sold to students of many colleges and schools. This is as big as any internal security problem," he said addressing the Silver Jubilee function of Narcotics Control Bureau.

Chidambaram said every study and research has indicated that many students have experimented with drugs and drugs trafficking has increased immensely.

"The use of cocaine and other drugs and drugs trafficking have increased in last five years. This is a reflection of our inadequate response on this," he said.

The Home Minister said scores of big rave parties were organised all over the country in recent time in which drugs have been used.

Chidambaram said India is located in between two countries which are large producers of narcotics and anything which is going to the golden triangle and golden crescent is going through India, resulting in India itself becoming a big market of these drugs.

"The problem is only becoming worse in the last few years. We need to wake up and use our resources to curb this menace," he said.

The Home Minister said the NCB is "hopelessly" understaffed and the government was taking urgent steps to augment the NCB staff strength.

"Two years ago we had 421 officials. The strength has doubled in two years. I expect to double it in next two years and double of that in the two years after that," he said.

He also said like India, the United States too is facing a very big challenge of drug trafficking.


First Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 15:35

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