Nirmala Sitharaman stated that cocaine has begun to enter India, and that agencies must determine whether the country is becoming a consuming country.
New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday urged law enforcement to increase their vigilance and pursue big smugglers involved in drug trafficking and bringing ‘mountains’ of illegal drugs into the country.
On Monday, she spoke at the 65th Founding Day of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence here in the national capital.
“DRI should ensure that smugglers do not outwit you. She stated that smugglers must be arrested and prosecuted. DRI must ensure that major handlers of such smuggling activities face the law.also read:Indians have to get permission to visit these places of India
“There is a need to work hard in order to catch those who are sending a mountain of drugs. Greater access to bilateral agreements with foreign countries is required.
The finance minister made a suggestion to the DRI.
She stated that the DRI, CBIC, and Revenue Department may convene for a two-day meeting to discuss global cooperation.
“Start a workshop with intelligence agencies’ cooperation for better cooperation, get actionable intelligence to crack the smugglers,” she said.
Furthermore, the finance minister stated that India now holds the G-20 presidency. The country should use this opportunity to organise a global meeting at which organisations such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) should be invited to see what kind of work they do and how it can help us prevent smuggling.
A year-to-year comparison of NDPS seizures revealed a significant increase in the number of seizures in India.
Cocaine seizures increased 3,479 percent from 8.667 kg to 310.21 kg in 2021-22. According to an annual report released on Monday by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence. The seizure in 2019-20 was 1.108 kg.
The seizure of methamphetamine and heroin increased by 1,281% and 1,588%, respectively, to 884.69 kg and 3,410.71 kg, according to the report.
Data showed that DRI made the most ganja seizures in Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Maharashtra.
DRI arrested approximately 131 people during the fiscal year 2021-22 for offences committed under the NDPS Act of 1985.