Shillong 19 June : The Government of Meghalaya has reconstituted the Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) on June 19, 2023. The ANTF will also function as the State NCORD Secretariat for the State of Meghalaya.
The ANTF is headed by the Inspector General of Police (CID) Meghalaya, with the Assistant Inspector General of Police (Re-Orgn) Shillong as Member Secretary. The other members of the ANTF include the Commissioner of Excise, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Eastern Range) Shillong, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Shillong, Superintendent of Police (CID) Shillong, Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills, Superintendent of Police, East Jaintia Hills, Superintendent of Police, West Jaintia Hills and I/c CELL-X (NDPS), CID Meghalaya, Shillong and staff.
The ANTF has three-fold objectives:
- To take preventive measures against drug trafficking and undertake issues for action and criminal prosecution of all those involved in drug peddling, supply and distribution.
- To conduct mass awareness campaigns and encourage people’s participation in the drive against drug menace.
- To coordinate closely with other stakeholders/agencies/departments at both the State and Central levels to achieve the above objectives in a manner that contributes to the vision of a drug free India.
The reconstitution of the ANTF is a positive step by the Government of Meghalaya in its fight against drug trafficking and abuse. The ANTF has a critical role to play in reducing the supply of drugs in the State and in raising awareness about the dangers of drug abuse. The ANTF is also well-placed to coordinate with other stakeholders in the fight against drug abuse.
The Government of Meghalaya has made a commitment to creating a drug-free society. The reconstitution of the ANTF is a step in the right direction and it is hoped that the ANTF will be successful in achieving its objectives.