New Delhi: The government today announced a
national policy to control and regulate narcotic drugs and
psychotropic substances to stop the menace of trafficking,
considered to be a major source of black money.
The National Policy on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances (NDPS) was approved by the Union Cabinet which met
under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The private sector may also allowed for production of
alkaloids from opium and products from poppy straw. Alkaloids
are chemical substances used in pharmaceutical industry.
"The policy attempts to curb the menace of drug abuse and
contains provisions for treatment, rehabilitation and social
re-integration of victims of drug abuse," an official release
said after the Cabinet meeting.
It said implementation of the policy "will lead to
reduction of crime, improvement in public health and uplifting
of the social milieu".
To check the illicit cultivation of poppy and cannabis,
government will use satellite imageries for detection and
eradication of such crops. It emphasises on developing
alternate means of livelihood for growers in traditional
illicit cultivation areas.
The policy follows Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee`s
intention in his last Budget speech to strengthen control over
trafficking of narcotic material.
"Trafficking in narcotic drugs is also a contributor to
the generation of black money," he had said.
The Revenue Department will set a time bound action plan
for different government agencies in sync with the
recommendations with the International Narcotics Control