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The home department of Manipur government re-constituted the anti-narcotics task force (ANTF) on March 23. The task force, which will have 10 members, will be led by IGP- zone-III Nishit Kumar Ujjwal.

Apart from DIGP (intelligent and NAB) of the Manipur Police, an official of the forest department, director of tribal affairs and hills, director of social welfare, joint secretary of the home department, director of horticulture, managing director of cyber corporation Manipur, director of MARSAC and SP of NAB are the members of the re-constituted ANTF.

The state government, in an order issued on March 23 in pursuance of the decision taken in the third Apex Level NCORD (Narco-Coordination Centre) Committee, re-constituted the task force.

The task force will function as the NCORD secretariat for the state and will follow up on compliance of decisions taken in NCORD meetings at different levels, the order of the governor stated.

The re-constitution of the task force came up barely a day after the first cabinet meeting of the new government led by N Biren Singh resolved to make Manipur drug free.

The cabinet, while resolving to make the state free from drug menace has decided to strengthen the anti-narcotics division of the state home department by posting manpower of integrity.

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It has also resolved to identify poppy plantation areas in the state through satellite mapping and drone surveys.

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