Ministry of Social justice and empowerment sends suggestions to review the NDPS Act, calls for a more humane approach

Ministry of Social justice and empowerment sends suggestions to review the NDPS Act, calls for a more humane approach
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The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has come up with a well-weighed list of suggestions to review the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

The ministry recommends a more humane approach that avoids prison, for drug addicts.

A few days ago, the social justice ministry sought to decriminalise possession of small quantities of drugs for personal consumption.

It has suggested making amendments to the NDPS Act; asking to treat those who use drugs or are dependent on them as victims; to be referred for de-addiction and rehabilitation, and not be sentenced to jail.

In September, the Department of Revenue — the NDPS Act’s nodal administrative authority had also asked several ministries and departments, the Narcotics Control Bureau and CBI, to suggest changes to the law, if any, along with their rationale.

It is to be noted that the list of recommendations arrive when the NCB has made several arrests in the drugs case. Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is also in jail. He was arrested during an NCB aboard a cruise ship.

Actress Ananya Pandey is also under the radar for her suspicious chats with Aryan Khan purportedly pointing towards making arrangements for drugs.

Several others were arrested in the Mumbai cruise drugs case.

The NDPS was framed in 1985; it has taken into account India’s obligations to the UN conventions.

The Act prohibits trade, production, use and possession of drugs and psychotropic substances, irrespective of purpose, except for medical and scientific reasons.

But the majority of the NDPS cases come pertaining to personal consumption or drug use make-up.

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