Last Updated on December 8, 2021 by The Health Master
Union finance minister will introduce the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the Lok Sabha to amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 to correct a drafting error.
The Act regulates certain operations – such as manufacture, transport and consumption – related to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (NDPS).
Under the Act, financing certain illicit activities such as cultivating cannabis, manufacturing narcotic drugs or harbouring persons engaged in them is an offence.
Persons found guilty of this offence will be punished with rigorous imprisonment of at least 10 years – extendable up to 20 years – and a fine of at least ₹1 lakh.
In 2014, the Act was amended and the clause number of the definition for such illicit activities was changed.
However, the section on penalties for financing these illicit activities was not amended and continued to refer to the earlier clause number in the definition.
The ordinance amends the section on penalties to change the reference to the new clause number.
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