Govt to bring Bill to decriminalise possession of limited quantity of drugs: Report
With the winter session of Parliament beginning on Monday, the Narendra Modi-led central government is likely to list a Bill to decriminalise addiction to drugs.
The proposed amendment is expected to amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which aims to decriminalise possession of a limited quantity of drugs for personal use.
The move is said to help victims of drug abuse to come out of addiction. The recommendations in this regard were made to Prime Minister's office on November 10 by various ministries including from Department of Revenue, Ministry of Home Affairs, Narcotics Control Bureau, Social Justice Ministry and health ministry.
The proposed amendment is expected to fine-tune decriminalisation of personal consumption by amending Section 39 along with other amendments in sections 15,17,18,20,21 and 22 of the Narcotic, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985 that deals with procurement, consumption and financing of drugs, said a report in The Print.