Central Bureau of Narcotics

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    In News

    • The Revenue secretary launched the unified portal of the Central Bureau of Narcotics.

    Features of the portal

    • Cloud-based storage, simplified process, and database integration with other government services, including Bharat Kosh, GST, PAN- NSDL validation, e-Sanchit, and UIDAI.

    Significance

    • It will instill efficiency, transparency and accountability to reduce the time taken by the pharma industry to get a trade license.
    • To cater the need and synergistic growth of the drugs & pharma sector.
    • Ensure availability of the “essential narcotic drugs” and medicines to the patients & their attendants.

    Central Bureau of Narcotics

    • About: 
      • Central Bureau of Narcotics is a subordinate office under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance.
      • HQ: Gwalior
      • It works under the ambit of various United Nations Conventions and the provisions of NDPS Act, 1985.
        • India is a signatory to the UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961, UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances 1971 and  UN Convention against the Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, 1988 which obligates member countries to monitor the implementation of the United Nations drug control conventions.
    • Functions: 
      • Supervision over licit cultivation of opium poppy in India .
      • Preventive and enforcement functions.
      • Investigation of cases under the NDPS Act 1985
      • Issuance of Export Authorizations/ Import Certificate for export.
      • Issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) for import/export of  Precursor Chemicals.
    • Composition:
      • Headed by the Narcotics Commissioner (NC) & assisted by three Deputy Narcotics Commissioners (DNCs).
      • Other officers

    Source: LM