Home Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the second Anti-drug Working Group meeting of Heads of Drug Control Agencies of BRICS countries in New Delhi. Besides the delegates from the member countries, the Ambassadors of the respective countries shall also be attending the inaugural session. The meeting is being organized by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The Indian delegation will be headed by Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is the chief law enforcement and intelligence agency of India responsible for fighting drug trafficking and the abuse of illegal substances. The agenda would also focus on capacity building and training of personnel of enforcement agencies as well as rehabilitation and re-socialization of persons who were addicted to drugs.
- In accordance with the ‘eThekwani Declaration’ adopted during the BRICS summit in March 2013 at Durban, South Africa, it was decided to explore, besides economic issues, various new areas of cooperation among the member States, including drug related issues. On that day was decided that the heads of anti-drug agencies of the five member countries may meet regularly under the aegis of the BRICS anti-drug working group meeting.
- The first anti-drug working group meeting of BRICS countries was organized at Moscow, Russia in November, 2015.
NOTE:- The 7th BRICS summit was held in July 2015 in Russia and India shall be hosting the 8th BRICS summit in October 2016 in Goa.