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Posted at: Jun 13, 2019, 7:11 AM; last updated: Jun 13, 2019, 10:10 AM (IST)

Sharma supports CM’s demand for drug policy

Sharma supports CM’s demand for drug policy
Former state BJP chief Kamal Sharma - File photo

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 12

Former state BJP chief Kamal Sharma today said he fully backed Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s demand for a on a national drug policy from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While Punjab is among the top three states in terms of various kinds of addiction in the February 2019 report on the “Magnitude of Substance Abuse in India”, released by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, citing the report Capt Amarinder Singh had on first June 1 written to the Prime Minister in this regard.

The Chief Minister, sharing a post on twitter had written, “There’s a lot we are doing to tackle the drug menace but it’s a national problem that needs a uniform approach if we are to eliminate it completely. Have written to Narendra Modi Ji seeking a national drug policy. Am hopeful of a positive response in larger national interest.”

Responding to the same, Kamal Sharma, who was here to launch the release of a documentary on drug addiction made by some college students, said, “I fully support the demand.

The Chief Minister has made a formal request, which is good. I believe the Prime Minister is already considering it.”

“We are living in a federal structure. When the Prime Minister holds a meeting with Chief Ministers, it is about Team India. He believes states are as important as the Central government,” he added. 

Speaking on the Bhola drug case, Sharma said, “The ED is already investigating the case. Other agencies are also doing their job. It’s on the right track. We can’t doubt our set up, the courts or other institutions. They are doing their job.”

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