Lok Sabha passes the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Lok Sabha passes the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021


The Lok Sabha  passed the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

After over four hours of discussion, the House passed the bill to replace the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 which was earlier promulgated due to court orders.

After the discussion on the bill, Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman allayed the apprehensions of some opposition members over the intention of bringing the amendment

The Minister said the bill is not a substantive amendment to the criminal law but it is clarificatory in nature.


She added that the bill does not violate and diminish Article 20 of constitution but respects it in letter and spirit.

The minister said the Bombay and Tripura High court had ordered to amend the notified act retrospectively so it has been brought to correct the obvious mistake committed in the past.

During the discussion, 29 members from different parties participated. Several members expressed their concern about the abuse of drugs among school and college students and youths.


 

Source – News on air

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