MLA Sudip Roy Barman brought a vital notice in the Legislative Assembly on Monday.
The attention-grabbing notice was “in view of the drastic increase in the prevalence of illicit drug use among students and youth in the state and the need to take proactive steps by the state government to curb the use of illicit drugs by the said youth”.
In response to the notice, Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha said that the present state government has taken various steps to prevent the increasing trend of addiction in the state.
He also said that the numbers of anti-narcotics drives in the state have increased, including confiscation of narcotic drugs and arrest of accused persons.
Besides, accomplices and narcotics traffickers in related cases are also being arrested.
CM stated that 291 cases were registered and 557 arrested in 2020, 352 cases were registered and 690 arrested in 2021, and 399 cases were registered till August 2022 and 542 people were arrested.
Recently, in 19 NDPS cases have been handed over to the Special Investigation team of Tripura Police Crime Branch
CM Saha added that the attention of the Central Government has also been drawn to set up a branch of the Narcotics Control Bureau at Agartala.