Drugs smuggling as well as fast increasing addiction of drugs among youths, aged and even women residing in urban as well as rural areas in Haryana is a matter of concern for state government and both Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khatter and Home & Health Minister Anil Vij has now decided to monitor this fast growing issue jointly to make Haryana drugs-free state. About a year ago state government formed Narcotic Control Bureau in the state to control smuggling and sale of drugs, especially in youths but satisfactory results could not be obtained as such both Khatter and Vij has now decided to undertake monitoring of the same themselves.
Information reveals, a meeting comprising of officers from as many as 17 government departments in the state including education, excise & taxation, agriculture, medical, higher education, forest, drugs control, forensic science laboratories, jails, CID, legal and police was held at Chandigarh presided by Chief Minister to review this burning issue when a State Action Plan was also constituted by both Chief Minister and Home &Health Minister. Khatter told that state government is very serious in this regard and further strengthening Narcotic Control Bureau to deal the situation strictly and take stern action against drug smugglers as well as suppliers in the state.
Chief Minister told that state government introduced Bulldozer Scheme in the state in which illegal properties of large number of drug smugglers in the state, hard core criminals and gangsters were demolished to wipe out crime. He said, government is now going to take stern action against such criminals playing with the life of young generation involved in criminal activities under the influence of drugs. Vij said, under State Action Plan government is going to strengthen Narcotic Control Bureau network in the state with the addition of new IPS officers, 29 Scorpio vehicles, 33 Pulsar bikes already handed over and a software helpful to wipe out drug smuggling and supplies in the state.
Chief Minister said that as many as 84 persons between the age 18 and 35 have been reported died in Haryana state due to overdose of drugs in past less than one year. He said, Bulldozer campaign was started in the state sometime ago in which illegal residential as well as commercial properties of large number of drug smugglers, gangsters and hard core criminals were demolished with the help of bulldozers in different parts in Haryana state which brought good results and many criminals went underground and decision has been taken to attach or demolish properties of all drug smugglers and suppliers in the state apart from pushing them in jails as per law. Chief Minister told that state Narcotic Control Bureau in the state has been able to seize as well as destroy huge stocks of drugs in past few months. He told that complaints have been received as regard availability of drugs in few drug de-addiction centers in the state and decision has been taken that SDMs in districts will supervise the functioning and visit these drug de-addiction centers and take strict action against irregularities.
Chief of state Narcotic Control Bureau n the state Shrikant Jaghav told that 2584 Mission Teams have been formed in 7590 villages in Haryana state to collect data of drug addicted persons in rural areas apart from 635 teams comprising of 10 persons in each will collect similar data in each ward apart from 190 teams being deployed at Primary Health Centers, 44 tams at Sub Division level to collect data of those suffering from drug addiction.