International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was celebrated in the state police headquarters here today. Governor Bandaru Dattatraya Ji and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Ji attended the function.
Collaborative effort is required to tackle the drug menace and technology can play a pivotal role in doing so:
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor stressed the need for more vigilance and sustained efforts in the border areas to check illegal trafficking of drugs. He said drug addiction not only affect a person or family, but the entire society and there was urgent need that police administration work more vigorously to eliminate this social evil. He expressed happiness that the police administration was making all-out efforts to curb this menace and appealed the people to cooperate with the police in campaign against drug addiction. “Himachal Pradesh is known as Dev Bhoomi and its culture, lifestyle, ideology is very rich but it is unfortunate that the problem of drug abuse has cropped up severely and if we will not check it immediately, the situation may become worse in the days to come”, said the Governor.
Shri Dattatraya Ji appreciated the initiative of the state government for launching Drug Free Himachal App to check illegal trafficking and said that through technology we could change the society. He advised to strengthen intelligence department of police. He also advised to involve non-government organisations in anti-drug awareness campaigns.
Working closely with neighboring states to Control drug trafficking: CM
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Ji said that although a large number of cases were registered against drug peddlers, but most of them were from neighbouring States of Punjab and Haryana. Therefore, the foremost priority of the State Government was to share the information about these drug peddlers amongst the neighbouring States.
Jai Ram Thakur said that on his initiative the neighbouring States of Himachal like Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan etc. agreed to frame a joint strategy to curb this social vice which was a threat to the existence of our society. He said that the first meeting was held with the Chief Ministers of the neighbouring States at Panchkula and it was decided that a joint secretariat would be established at Panchkula to jointly monitor and share information regarding drug trafficking.
Youth of the state are endangering their lives which is a serious concern, spreading awarenes amongst them is the needs of the hour:
He said that the drug abuse was universal problem and it should be tackled with a might to save the existence of society. He said that most stringent laws were required to nab the drug peddlers. He said that the property of those involved in drug trafficking would be confiscated. He said alarming number of youth using synthetic drugs was indeed a matter of concern. He said that special thrust must be laid on educating the younger generation regarding ill effects of drug abuse on our body, mind and society.
The Chief Minister said that in Himachal Pradesh Charas or cannabis was one of the major substances used by drug addicts, but now synthetic drugs have emerged as a major area of concern. He said that Substance addiction has a severe impact not only on the individual, but those closest to them and society as a whole. He said that drug abuse and peddling also attribute to crime, disease, accidents, domestic violence, abuse, job loss, and homelessness.
Drug abuse must be made a mass movement and effective information sharing is must to control drug peddling: CM
Jai Ram Thakur Ji said that long term strategy must be chalked out to engage youth in constructive activities. He said that parents should also keep an eye on abnormal behaviour of their teenage children. He said that a campaign against the drug abuse must be made a mass movement and people's participation was vital to make any campaign a success. He said that effective sharing mechanism should be developed to share information regarding drug peddling so that the culprits could be nabbed at the earliest. A substance addiction deteriorates an individual’s physical and mental well being, he added.
FPB to be brought under CID wing of Police Department:
Chief Minister announced that Finger Print Bureau would be brought under the control of CID wing of Police department by taking back it from FSL Junga for effectively analyzing the crimes of finger prints. He also announced that Mess of gazetted officers would be constructed near Panthaghati in Shimla to facilitate the officers of the Police department. He said that the demand for returning back cyber crime lab to Police department would be considered sympathetically.
Jai Ram Thakur Ji said that demand for construction of Mess for non- gazetted officers of police department at Shimla and abolition of condition of 8 years service for granting of next pay scale for police constables would be examined by the Government.