Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said, “A special task force would be constituted to curb drug menace in the state which would have officers form the police, CID and excise departments.”
Launching nasha nahin zindagi chune campaign at Shimla on Sunday, Thakur said, “The state government is committed to eradicate drug menace for which an integrated drug de-addiction policy has been adopted, Nasha Nivaran Board constituted and police personal would be employed in the excise department for effective implementation of NDPS Act.”
He said, “This is the need of the hour to convert the campaign against the drugs into a people’s movement through which the demon of drugs can be defeated and youngsters saved, besides using advanced technology for remaining the agencies step ahead of the smugglers.”
The CM said, “Better coordination among the police of neighboring states of the region is important to break the chain of the smugglers and for this a meeting was held with CM’s of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Governor of J&K at Panchkula, recently.”
Thakur said, “The state government has also launched a de-addiction Helpline under the CM Helpline 1100 and is determined to check the drug menace through effective implementation of its policy to make Himachal drug free .”
He said, “The drug addiction is becoming a social problem and society as whole would have to come forward to check it; the parents should keep an eye on their children and spend time with them as the menace is spreading fast in the society and security agencies should also raise vigilance near educational institution as peddlers chose these to trap youngsters”, the CM advised.
The Chief Minister also administered an oath against the drug abuse on the occasion and also distributed anti- narcotic drug detection kits and gave away prizes to winners of different competitions.