Senate body passes ‘Control of Narcotics Substances Bill 2020’

ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Narcotics Control on Tuesday unanimously passed “The Control of Narcotics Substances (Second Amendment) Bill 2020”.

The committee met here at Parliament House under the chairmanship of Senator Ejaz Ahmad Chaudhary.

The committee considered the bill titled “The Control of Narcotics Substances (Second Amendment) Bill 2020” as passed by the National Assembly and referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Narcotics Control by the House in its sitting held on 13th July 2021 for consideration and report.

The committee members were briefed by the Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control regarding the proposed amendment. The bill was passed unanimously after due deliberations.

The chairman congratulated the committee members for reaching a consensus. He termed the bill as a very important piece of legislation as it was related to the well-being of future generations.

Senator Ejaz Ahmad Chaudhary said that in order to keep our educational institution drug-free we had retained the proposal for capital punishment as deterrence.

The chairman remarked that “we need to work towards the rehabilitation of drug addicts for which he proposed that treatment and rehabilitation cost be brought under the ambit of Health Card so that poor people can benefit from this,”.

“We will try to engage health establishments for dedicated beds in every hospital in order to treat people with drug addiction,” he said.

The meeting was attended by Senators, Dost Muhammad Khan, Falak Naz, Rana Maqbool Ahmad, Shahadat Awan, Anwar Lal Dean, Naseebullah Bazai, and senior officials from the Ministry of Narcotics Control. TF Report

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