Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) : The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is a law enforcement agency responsible for combating drug trafficking and drug-related crimes in India. It operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India.
The NCB’s primary mandate is to enforce the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, which regulates the production, manufacture, possession, sale, transport, warehousing, use, consumption, import, inter-State, export, import into India, external transfer, transshipment, transit, manufacture for the purpose of transshipment, transshipment, and re-import of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) :
- Motto : Intelligence Enforcement Coordination
- Formed : 17 March 1986
- Governing body : Ministry of Home Affairs (India)
- Headquarters : New Delhi, Delhi
- Director General : Satya Narayan Pradhan, IPS
Key functions of the Narcotics Control Bureau include:
Drug Trafficking Investigations: The NCB conducts investigations into drug trafficking and related activities, including identifying drug trafficking networks, apprehending suspects, and seizing illicit drugs.
Intelligence Gathering: The agency collects and analyzes intelligence on drug-related activities, both within India and internationally, to take preemptive measures against drug trafficking.
Preventive Measures: The NCB works to prevent the diversion of precursor chemicals and other substances that can be used in the production of illicit drugs.
International Cooperation: Given the global nature of drug trafficking, the NCB collaborates with international counterparts, including law enforcement agencies and organizations, to address transnational drug-related issues.
Demand Reduction: The NCB also focuses on demand reduction efforts, including public awareness campaigns and educational initiatives to discourage drug abuse and addiction.
Prosecution: The agency is responsible for the prosecution of individuals involved in drug trafficking and related offenses in accordance with the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
The NCB plays a crucial role in maintaining public health and safety by combating the illegal drug trade, preventing the abuse of drugs, and ensuring that drug-related laws are upheld. It works in coordination with other law enforcement agencies and departments to address the complex challenges posed by narcotics trafficking and abuse.