Revamp of anti-drug company on the playing cards

New Delhi, December 27

The government has been working on a major structural and functional re-organisation of the anti-drug agency Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) as a parliamentary panel report reveals it plans to create 3,689 new posts with additional zonal and regional offices.

As per the plan, the NCB will be equipped with canine squads, cyber and intelligence units and a dedicated prosecution wing. The report suggests that the proposal is aimed at redesigning the governance architecture of the NCB, its capacity of investigation and intelligence and making it more professional and effective.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has the administrative control of the NCB and is currently headed by Border Security Force (BSF) Director General (DG) Rakesh Asthana in the capacity of additional charge.

The government has planned to create 3,689 posts in various grades up to level-15, thereby raising the strength of NCB from existing 1,107 to 4,751. There is also a plan to create four new regional offices, thus raising the number of regional offices from existing three to seven, the report suggests, adding that 17 new zonal offices will be created and all existing 12 sub-zonal offices will be upgraded into zonal offices, thereby raising the number of field offices to 42, including 13 existing regional offices. — TNS

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