NCB Zonal Director Amit Ghawate has confirmed the need for a spacious office and additional staff to carry out its functioning in the tourist-populated State.
“NCB needs a full-fledged office because of heightened seizures and national security measures such as thwarting narco-terrorism,” he said.
Goa is currently a sub-zone with staff strength of 10-15 personnel and officers. Once final approval is accorded, Goa will have a dedicated NCB office with around 40-50 investigating members besides supervisory officers. Ghawate proposed seeking additional staff from Goa police on deputation stating, “It will be a win-win situation for both – NCB and Goa Police. The local police have an upper hand over the local language and the areas. We will require staff from the rank of constables to police inspectors. They will go back to their parent department as enriched officers,” the officer said.
It is also learnt that Central government will soon set up independent NCB offices in each State to fight narco-terrorism.