Narcotics Control Bureau

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Narcotics Control Bureau
Abbreviation NCB
Narcotics Control Bureau logo.jpg
NCB logo
Agency overview
Formed 17 March 1986; 31 years ago (1986-03-17)
Employees 1000
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency India
Governing body Government of India
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters West Block No. 1, Wing No. V, R.K. Puram, New Delhi, Delhi
Minister responsible Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home Affairs
Agency executive Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Director General
Parent agency Ministry of Home Affairs

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is the nodal drug law enforcement and intelligence agency of India responsible for fighting drug trafficking and the abuse of illegal substances.[1][2] The Director General of NCB is an officer of the Indian Police Service(IPS) or the Indian Revenue Service(IRS).


The Narcotics Control Bureau was created on 17 March 1986 to enable the full implementation of The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and fight its violation through the Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1988.[2] The law was established to fulfill India's treaty obligations under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. Officers in this organisation are drawn from Indian Revenue Service and Indian Police Service.


The Narcotics Control Bureau's national headquarters is located in Delhi, the national capital. Its field units and offices are organised by zones and are located in Mumbai, Indore, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, Jodhpur, Chandigarh, Jammu, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, and Patna. Officers in this organisation are drawn from Indian Revenue Service, Indian Police Service and other Paramilitary forces.

The Narcotics Control Bureau is also represented on the Economic Intelligence Council.[3] NCB is affiliated to Home Ministry, which was made responsible for administering The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.[2]


The chief purpose of the Narcotics Control Bureau is to fight drug trafficking on an all-India level.[2] It works in close cooperation with the Customs and Central Excise, State Police Department, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB) and other Indian intelligence and law enforcement agencies both at the national and states level.[1] The NCB also provides resources and training to the personnel of India's law enforcement agencies in fighting drug trafficking.[2] The NCB also monitors India's frontiers to track down points where smuggling activities take place with foreign traffickers.[2]


Post Equivalent To Grade Pay
1 Director General Principal Commissioner of Income Tax OR Additional Director General of Police Rs. 12000
2 Deputy Director General Commissioner of Income Tax OR Inspector General of Police Rs. 10000
4 Zonal Director Joint Commissioner of Income Tax OR Senior Superintendent of Police Rs. 7600
5 Assistant Director Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax OR Superintendent of Police Rs. 6600
6 Superintendent Superintendent of Customs/Dy. Superintendent of Police Rs. 4800
7 Intelligence Officer Inspector of Police/Customs/Income Tax/Excise Rs. 4600