New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) India Monday introduced a comprehensive national policy to help curb trafficking in narcotic drugs.
"The national policy released today, presents evidence of India's strong commitment and intent to rise to the challenges posed by the drug menace," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said after releasing the policy documents here.
"It also reflects the country's willingness to shoulder the responsibility which is cast upon it because of its strategic position, sandwiched between two major regions of the world producing illicit narcotics," he said.
The policy attempts to curb the menace of drug abuse and contains provisions for treatment, rehabilitation and social re-integration of victims of drug abuse.
"Implementation of the provisions of the policy will lead to reduction of crime, improvement in public health and uplifting of the social milieu," the finance ministry said in a statement.
Mukherjee said as per the new policy different ministries and departments of central and state governments would work together to curb the menace.