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Amit Shah Leads Fight Against Drugs, Overseeing Destruction of 1.44 Lakh kg Worth Rs 2,378 Crore

  • Posted on July 17, 2023
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  • By Sakshi Gupta
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah took charge of the Regional Conference on 'Drugs Trafficking and National Security' on Monday, where he commended the efforts of states and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in eliminating 1,44,000 kilograms of drugs worth ₹2,378 crore. Shah urged all chief ministers and governors to follow suit and implement similar measures in their respective states.

During the conference, Shah emphasized the importance of raising awareness among the youth as the key to triumph in the battle against drugs. He stated, "The most significant step to win this fight is to create maximum awareness. Unless we spread awareness among the youth about the perils of drug abuse, we will not be able to emerge victorious."

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday presided over the Regional Conference on 'Drugs Trafficking and National Security' in New Delhi.

Despite physically attending the conference in New Delhi, Amit Shah virtually observed the destruction of drugs in several states via video-conferencing.

Shah lauded the NDA government, led by Prime Minister Modi, for its resolute actions against the drug menace. Comparing the data from 2006 to 2013, when 1,250 cases were registered and 1.52 lakh kg of drugs were seized, Shah highlighted the progress made by the NDA government since it came into power in 2014. As of 2023, a total of 3,700 cases have been registered, resulting in the seizure of 3.94 lakh kg of drugs—a 160% increase in case registration and drug recovery.

'Drugs Trafficking and National Security'
Amit Shah thanked the states and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for destroying 1,44,000 kg of drugs worth ₹2,378 crore.

Multiple law enforcement organizations were responsible for destroying drugs across various states. The quantities destroyed are as follows: 1,03,884 kilograms in Madhya Pradesh, 1,486 kilograms in Assam, 229 kilograms in Chandigarh, 25 kilograms in Goa, 4,277 kilograms in Gujarat, 2,458 kilograms in Haryana, 4,069 kilograms in Jammu and Kashmir, 159 kilograms in Maharashtra, 1,803 kilograms in Tripura, and 4,049 kilograms in Uttar Pradesh.

According to officials, the recent destruction of drugs brings the total quantity destroyed in the past year to 10 lakh kg, with an estimated value of ₹12,000 crore.

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