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Posted at: Sep 15, 2018, 1:14 AM; last updated: Sep 15, 2018, 1:14 AM (IST)

Stress on coordinated efforts to check drug menace

Stress on coordinated efforts to check drug menace
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presides over a meeting on drug menace in Shimla. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 14

The state government has accorded top priority to strictly dealing with drug abuse in the state and a big campaign would also be launched to curb this social vice, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting regarding drug menace campaign here on Friday.

Thakur said that joint and earnest efforts were required for curbing this social vice and added that joint inspections and regular checkups would be conducted by the police teams of Himachal, Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand in the border areas. Directing the police to conduct frequent raids on suspected places to nab drug paddlers so as to break the nexus between the drug paddlers, drug carriers and the drug addicts, he said that the parents should also keep an eye on their children so that any abnormal behavioural change could be noticed at the early stage.

He said that departments such as Home, Health, Education, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Information and Public Relations and Social Justice would be involved in a big way to check this vice and asked all the concerned departments to nominate nodal officers for effective coordination with the other departments.

He said that efforts should be made to frame stringent laws against drug peddling and drug abuse. Expressing concern over the low conviction rate in the state as compared to the neighbouring states, he said that police personnel must be trained so that serious case and charges could be framed against the drug peddlers.

Health officers and health safety regulatory officers should seek information about manufacturing of schedule H-1 drugs in the state and the supply chain, especially to the neighbouring states like Punjab and Haryana. He also directed drug inspectors to conduct regular inspections to check supply and sale of banned drugs in the state. The Chief Minister said the campaign against the drug abuse should be launched in a coordinated manner aimed at youth and special special focus should be laid on rehabilitation of drug addicts for which training to doctors, counsellors and other para-medical staff must be ensured for professionally manning de-addiction and rehabilitation centres.

He said that more rehabilitation centres would be established in the state. Additional Chief Secretary Home BK Aggarwal said that a campaign would be launched to destroy cannabis in the state. It was decided in the meeting that a massive awareness campaign would be launched throughout the state, especially in educational institutions regarding ill effects of drug involving Health, Police Departments and NGOs Mahila Mandals and Yuvak Mandals and Information and Public Relations Department would effectively use electronic, print and social media to sensitise the people regarding ill-effects of drug abuse.

Stricter laws likely

  • The CM said departments such as Home, Health, Education, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Information and Public Relations and Social Justice would be involved in a big way to check this menace and asked all the departments concerned to nominate nodal officers for effective coordination with the other departments.
  • He said efforts should be made to frame stringent laws against drug peddling and drug abuse.

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