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August 09, 2020

Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control meeting 1/2017

The meeting of Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control in progress.  Photo: MNA

Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control hold its meeting 1/2017 yesterday morning at the meeting hall of Union Minister office, Ministry of Home Affairs, Nay Pyi Taw and was attended by Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control chairman, Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, members of Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control, officials from 10 groups working against narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, UNODC, DEA, WFP, ONCB, NNCC, INGOs and high ranking officials from Myanmar Police Force.
At the meeting Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control chairman, Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe said the narcotic drug problem had been tackled by successive governments but was unable to control it and instead is becoming worse. The problem of narcotic drug is considered as a national problem and attempts were made to control and eradicate it but year by year the number of arrests kept on rising.
In 2017, Mayyu operation in Rakhine State, Shan Yoma operation in Shan State and Chindwin-2 operation in Sagaing Region were conducted. Currently Aya Oo operation in Kachin State is underway. As eradicating narcotic drugs could not be done solely through preventive operations and judicial strategies alone but must include economics, social, health and development sectors, a new narcotic drug control policy had been drawn up.
A National Strategic Plan will be drawn up for the successful implementation of this policy. An Operation Action Plan that is relevant to the states and regions and is in accordance with the Strategic Plan is also being planned. While the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control is trying to eradicate narcotic drugs, relevant ministries are urged to increase the preventive works against narcotic drug as a very important national duty.
Afterwards, assessment of Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control secretary Chief of Myanmar Police Force Police Major General Aung Win Oo, Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control joint secretary and chief of anti-narcotic task force acting police chief Myint Aung explained about completed works of the decisions made at Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control meeting 1/2016, discussion by groups working against narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and assessment by Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control secretary on narcotic drug elimination efforts were made in the meeting.

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