Amyotha Hluttaw calls on govt to step up efforts in nationwide fight against drug trafficking
FOLLOWING a two-day debate on the elimination of drug abuse and trafficking in the country by 17 lawmakers in the Amyotha Hluttaw, the parliament yesterday unanimously decided to call on the government to speed up its efforts in cracking down on drug crime.
The Myanmar Police Force will seek a budget allocation from the Union Government and at the same time it will expand organisational set up and amend the laws related to narcotic drugs, said Maj-Gen Aung Soe, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs.
Dr Myat Nyana Soe, Secretary of the Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee, stressed the need to take serious action against drug traffickers as drug trafficking is leading to trafficking in persons, arm smuggling and money laundering.
Amendments to the laws relating to anti-drug measures should focus on how to crackdown on drug trafficking rather than users, said MP U Myo Win from Constituency-8 from Mon State.
The MP also suggested improving the conditions of rehabilitation centres.
The parliament approved anti-drug campaigns across the country and the opening of more rehabilitation centres.
The Myanmar Police Force is under consistent criticism for not arresting major drug traders or busting crime syndicates that produce and distribute drugs in the country.—GNLM