"A nationwide drug policy is needed, if any neighbouring state like Madhya Pradesh produces drugs and supplies it to Punjab, our state gets worst affected, I have raised the issue with at least 5 chief ministers," Captain Amarinder Singh said.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday said that there is need to take up a National Drug Policy in India. The CM, who has launched a crackdown on drug production and import of drugs in the state, said that his government is making every possible effort to tackle the drug issue in the state. “A nationwide drug policy is needed, if any neighbouring state like Madhya Pradesh produces drugs and supplies it to Punjab, our state gets worst affected, I have raised the issue with at least 5 chief ministers,” Captain Amarinder Singh said while speaking to India Today TV channel.
The Punjab chief minister, who had vowed to abolish state’s drug menace during election campaign, has launched a crackdown on state’s drug mafia. As many as 485 drug traders and peddler have been reportedly arrested and 387 FIRs have been registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in just 10 days in the state.
In a joint operation, several agencies involving state police, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Anti-Narcotics cell units, major drugs seizures were made across the state, Punjab spokesperson disclosed on Tuesday adding that the civil administration was also extending its full support to the anti-drugs campaign.
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As per several reports, the state agencies are working in coordination with central agencies such as the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the customs department on chief minister’s direction. The agencies are keeping a strong vigil over the supply and smuggling of drugs into the state from other parts of India and abroad, said the spokesperson.