The 4th session of BRICS anti-drug working group was held on August 12 under the Chairmanship of Russia. The Indian side was led by the Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Rakesh Asthana. The delegation comprised of Smt. B. Radhika, Deputy Director General (Ops), NCB, Ms. Vrindaba Gohil, First Secretary (Trade), Embassy of India, Moscow, Dr. Vaibhav Tandale, Under Secretary(Multilateral Economic Relations), MEA and Shri KPS Malhotra, Deputy Director(Ops), NCB.
The 4th session of BRICS anti-drug working group – Key Points
- Fruitful exchange of opinions concerning the drug situation in the BRICS states, the international and regional trends of illegal trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, as well as the impact of various internal and external factors on the situation took place during the summit.
- All the BRICS nation agreed to some common points which includes need for real-time information sharing among the member states and need to curb increased drug trafficking through maritime routes.
- One of the key focal area of the meeting was the misuse of Darknet and other advanced technologies for drug trafficking.
- A communique was adopted in the meeting to reaffirm the commitment of 5 member states to international anti-drug convention.
What is Darknet ?
Darknet is the deep hidden internet platform that is used for various illegal activities like exchange of pornographic material, narcotics sale, exchange of sensitive personal data of individuals by using the secret alleys of the onion router(ToR) to stay away from the surveillance of the law enforcing agencies. It is an overlay network within the internet that can be accessed with specific software, configurations or authorizations. and often uses a unique customised communication protocol.
BRICS is an informal group of five states comprising the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China. It was formed in 2009 with four states grouped as BRIC. The Republic of South Africa was inducted in 2010.
Since it’s formation, the BRICS nations have met annually at formal summits. The first such summit was held in Yekaterinburg on 16 June 2009. Most recently the 11th BRICS summit was held on 13-14 November 2019 under the theme “Economic Growth for a Innovative Future“.