Narcotics Control Bureau – UPSC Prelims

Narcotics Control Bureau:
  • NCB is the nodal drug law enforcement and intelligence agency of India responsible for fighting drug trafficking and the abuse of illegal substances.
  • It functions under Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
  • It is Headquartered in New Delhi.
  • It was established in March 1986 to enable full implementation of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and fight its violation through Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1988.
  • Its mandate is to fight drug trafficking on an all-India level.
  • It works in close cooperation with Customs and Central Excise, State Police Department, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB) and other Indian intelligence and law enforcement agencies both at the national and states level.
  • It also provides resources and training to personnel of India’s law enforcement agencies in fighting drug trafficking.
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act:
  • The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 is commonly referred to as the NDPS Act.
  • It prohibits a person from the production/manufacturing/cultivation, possession, sale, purchasing, transport, storage, and/or consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance.

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