Ro­hee seeks clar­i­fi­ca­tions on func­tions of NANA

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

For­mer

Min­is­ter of Home Af­fairs, Mr. Cle­ment Ro­hee is sus­pi­cious of the func­tions of the newly es­tab­lished Na­tional Anti Nar­cotic Agency (NANA). Dur­ing a re­cent press con­fer­ence, Ro­hee ex­pressed that there is con­flict­ing in­for­ma­tion in the pub­lic about the func­tions of this Unit, which was sup­posed to be of­fi­cially launched since De­cem­ber 2016.

Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity, Mr. Khem­raj Ram­jat­tan went to the Par­lia­ment to ask for some $8.8M for the es­tab­lish­ment of NANA in­clud­ing rental of an of­fice for its op­er­a­tions.

When pressed by Ro­hee, Ram­jat­tan dis­closed that NANA will be a pol­icy mak­ing in­sti­tu­tion but this is con­trary to ini­tial re­ports about the new drug fight­ing arm.

Ac­cord­ing to a Govern­ment re­port pub­lished in Novem­ber 2016, the set­ting up of NANA is ex­pected to see the merger of the Po­lice Nar­cotics Unit and the Cus­tom Anti-Nar­cotics Unit (CANU).

The re­port said NANA is ex­pected to pro­mote greater co­or­di­na­tion be­tween agen­cies that are in­volved in the fight against il­le­gal drugs and transna­tional crimes such as con­tra- band smug­gling, gun and peo­ple traf­fick­ing.

Ro­hee said it would ap­pear that NANA would have a dual role and he stated that he will main­tain this con­clu­sion un­til it is clar­i­fied.

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