Paro International Airport Inspection

   

Bhutan Narcotics Control Agency with support from the Royal Bhutan Police and the Department of Revenue and Customs conducted the first inspection at the Paro International Airport on 21st March. Although no illegal drugs, tobacco or controlled substances were seized on the day of the inspection, the team noticed an increased voluntary declaration of tobacco products for tax.

NDPSSA (Amendment) Bill 2014

The Royal Government concerned with the current situation of increasing incidences of drug abuse and drug trafficking in the country, has directed the Bhutan Narcotics Control Agency (BNCA) and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to revise the current Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Act 2005 on priority. An appeal for urgent revision of the NDPSSA Act 2005 with a stricter penal provision was also recently submitted to the government by the public through a petition signed by more than 13,400 people.

Therefore intense revision of the NDPSSA Act 2005 was initiated by BNCA in December 2013 in consultation with representatives from the OAG, Department of Revenue & Customs, Department of Trade, Drug Regulatory Authority, Youth Development Fund, Chithuen Phendey Association, Royal Bhutan Police, Private Representative etc. The draft was subsequently presented to the Narcotics Control Board (NCB) members on the 6th and 9th of January 2014 and to the Cabinet on the 14th and 15th of January 2014. The draft was accordingly finalized for submission to the Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly following the final review and the directives of the NCB and the Cabinet.