Published On: Wed, Jul 15th, 2015

Govt to appoint new head of NCB

New Delhi: Government is in the process of appointing a new head of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), now as agency has been working without a regular chief for close to six months since former Director General (DG) Rajiv Mehta was appointed DGP of Meghalaya.

Special Secretary Internal Security in Home Ministry Ashok Prasad has been holding additional charge of the head of NCB.

Special Secretary Internal Security in Home Ministry Ashok Prasad has now been holding additional charge of the head of NCB.

The government has shortlisted more than five senior IPS officers for the job and the appointment is likely to happen soon.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is the apex national agency, under the command of the Union Home Ministry to implement anti-drugs laws in the country and is mandated to coordinate action of various law enforcement agencies working in this domain.

The NCB chief is also an important member of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money and since February after incumbent Rajiv Mehta joined the DGP of Meghalaya, other senior officials have been representing the agency in the meetings of the high-powered panel.

Sources added that without a regular DG for the agency, the work is surely hit and a number of decisions are taking more than the usual time to get approvals.

The issue assumes significance as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his concern over the abuse of drugs in the country and the “devastating” effect that drug addiction was leading to, especially among youngsters.

In his third ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on radio last year in December, Modi had said the menace is a ‘national pain’ and drugs should be shunned.

The post of NCB DG is a Additional Director General (ADG) rank post in the Centre and senior civil service officers from the IPS, IAS and IRS are eligible for it.

Special Secretary Internal Security in Home Ministry Ashok Prasad has now been holding additional charge of the post of DG, NCB.

TST

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