IMPHAL, Oct 1 - A two-day international conference on the drug situation in the North East that concluded here today, called for establishment of a formal mechanism to enable greater interaction between law-enforcing agencies of South Asian member countries and the North Eastern States.
The regional conference on �Developing a comprehensive approach: combating illicit trafficking of Afghan opiates and drug situation in the North East� was organised by the United Nations on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office, South Asia (UNODC-ROSA), in association with the Government of Manipur.
The conference also recommended strengthening of alternative development and livelihood opportunities to curb illicit cultivation of opium and cannabis in the NE States.
The UNODC-ROSA was urged to take the initiative in establishing a South Asia Regional Intelligence and Coordination Centre, besides an integrated border management mechanism, with support from member states to counter illicit trafficking.
Attending the valedictory function today, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said about 4,897 acres of poppy cultivation had been destroyed in the State in the last two years. Informing that the Manipur Government has also launched a crackdown on illegal drug production and processing units, he stressed the need for effective collaboration between agencies, communities and countries towards the shared objective of a drug-free society.