Jodhpur: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has proposed to set up its own laboratory to test seized narcotics substance.
   
Currently, there is a two-tier procedure to test any such substance, which includes a preliminary test through drug detection kit followed by the second test at the Forensic Science Laboratory to confirm whether the substance is narcotic or not.
   
"It takes a long time to arrive at final conclusion and has many repercussions. In order to reduce this time, the NCB has proposed its own specialised laboratory," NCB Director General OPS Malik said here on Thursday.
   
To meet the challenges and dimensions of the narcotics crime in the country, the NCB has also prepared a new fleet of multi-tasking intelligence officers, who have been trained by CBI, CRPF, BSF and custom, he said.
   
"Besides this, we have also got new technologies like GPS, night vision devices, carbines and surveillance equipment to deal with the growing challenges," Malik, who was here to inaugurate the office of the NCB Zonal Director, said.
   
Malik said the NCB has involved gram panchayats to trace the illegal growers of opium and is using satellite imagery to reach out to the patches growing opium illegally.

(Agencies)