Shri Satya Narayan Pradhan

IPS, Jharkhand: 1988

Narcotics control Bureau

Ministry of Home Affairs
Government Of India

  The role of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) as the nodal agency on the matter of drug law enforcement in India has gained prominence in recent times. This is due to manifold reasons, both domestic and international. I am happy to see that NCB is coping with these challenges despite its limited manpower. Intelligence, Enforcement and Coordination, as part of the NCB motto are also the three pillars on which work and mandate of NCB is based. Over the years, NCB has generated quality intelligence leading to detection and disruption of organized drug trafficking groups. It has also been acting as a coordinating entity between various narcotics and drug law enforcement agencies within the country and also as India’s nodal point with international agencies like UNODC, INCB etc.

  The restrictions imposed on movement of people and commodities due to COVID-19 pandemic have led to drug trafficking groups reinvent their strategies. However, NCB has done well to stay ahead of the curve and anticipate changes in criminal strategies and tactics.

  Drug traffickers have been increasingly taking the help of innovations in technology to challenge drug law enforcement agencies world over. Some of these challenges are the use of darknet to sell drugs, use of untraceable internet-based technology for drug related communications, use of drones to transport drugs from across the border etc. NCB is working in tandem with other affected nations in the increasingly high-tech fight against drugs.

  I acknowledge that the challenges TEAM NCB are colossal. But I am sure with dedicated and concerted efforts, we can move purposefully towards fulfilling the dream of making India free of drug trafficking and abuse.

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