Shimla: Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh on Thursday talked tough against the drug peddlers and said concerted efforts are required to fight the drug menace in Himachal Pradesh.
He said the need of the hour is to take stringent action on the drug manufacturers along with bringing few amendments in rules and regulations to break the nexus between drug manufacturers, sellers and drug peddlers, who are pushing the youth to addiction of psychotropic and other form of drugs.Presiding over the meeting to assess the implementation of the orders to control drug abuse in the state, Singh directed the Police department to keep eye on few foreign nationals who had chosen to stay in far flung areas of Kullu and elsewhere. “The defaulters need to be dealt with a heavy hand,” he said.
The Chief Minister said it was right time after monsoon season to uproot the Cannabis grown in high hills of the state. He said promoting cultivation of other cash crops and construction of roads in interior areas of the state would help check the cultivation of cannabis.“Though we have miles to go before we make Himachal a completely drug free state, yet the steps or decisions we have taken are required to be supplemented by ‘one and all’ in true perspective to root out the evil”, he said. He said people should be sensitised about the ill-effects of using drugs.
The Chief Minster also stressed for amendments in rules and regulations pertaining to punishment which he said should be more stringent.He also agreed for more Drug Inspectors to be kept in the Health department so that the Chemists involved in sale of psychotropic drugs could be brought to book.The issue of rehabilitation of drug addicts was also far more important he said, adding that the some NGOs should come forward to open more de-addiction centres in the state particularly in Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh area. It was also discussed to conduct training programmes for magistrates, prosecutors and police officers as a capacity building measure.
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