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Gujarat Government Says Any Person Give Information About Drugs And Get Cash Reward

PTI, Ahmedabad

Published by: Kuldeep Singh
Updated Thu, 14 Oct 2021 03:58 AM IST

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Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi said, “This step has been taken by the state government at a time when Gujarat, due to its long coastline, is known for smuggling drugs from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran like drugs, heroin, ganja, charas etc. has emerged as an entry point.

Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi
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The Gujarat government on Wednesday came up with a reward scheme to curb the drug menace. Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi said, under this scheme, whether it is a government official or a private person, cash amount up to 20 percent of the seized value in respect of banned drugs will be given.

The move by the state government comes at a time when Gujarat, due to its long coastline, has emerged as an entry point for smuggled drugs such as drugs, heroin, ganja, charas etc. from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

Last month, 2,988.21 kg of heroin worth around Rs 21,000 crore was seized from Mundra port in Kutch district. We have to end the network of drug suppliers and peddlers or else it can ruin the vulnerable youth. Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi told the media that the scheme was in discussion for some time and the state government decided to implement it on Wednesday.

He said that the persons by whom narcotics have been seized, whether from any government department or from the public, there will be a reward of up to 20 per cent of the value of the confiscated drugs listed under the NDPS Act. Sanghvi said that the reward amount would be given as ex-gratia and would be decided by the competent state authorities.


Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi said that for government servants, the upper limit of the award during their entire service tenure would be Rs 20 lakh, while a maximum of Rs 2 lakh can be paid to individual personnel or officer in one case.


Government servants will not be rewarded if they have played a role in a restricted seizure as part of their duties. As per the rules of this scheme, only those who take extra risk will be rewarded.


Drugs are and will weaken our society. Therefore it is necessary for the youth to stay away from it. These drugs may give a temporary high feeling but in the long run it causes irreversible damage to our body. He said that if any youth knows where drugs are being sold, he should inform the police and the state home department.

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