Centre to increase narcotics bureau staff in Punjab

  • HT Correspondent, None
  • Updated: Nov 07, 2014 22:07 IST

The union home ministry has initiated the process of expanding the functioning of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Punjab, as it has sanctioned to increase the NCB staff by posting 40 additional personnel in the state.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh has sent a communication in this regard to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal after the latter had taken up the issue with the Centre to speed up the task of curbing drug menace in the state, a spokesman said here.

The ministry would expand the NCB’s Chandigarh zone and Amritsar sub-zone offices, as Rajnath also informed in his letter to the CM that apart from the NCB, there were various other drug law-enforcement agencies, such as the directorate of revenue intelligence, central bureau of narcotics and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which were also empowered to control drug trafficking in the state.

In a letter to union home minister on June 13, Badal had sought Rajnath’s intervention to strengthen zonal and sub-zonal offices of the NCB in Chandigarh and Amritsar, respectively, as a step to tackle the drug menace more efficiently, the spokesman added.

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