Shimla: International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was celebrated in the state police headquarters here today. Governor Bandaru Dattatraya and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur attended the function. 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. Dattatraya 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.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur 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. 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.
Jai Ram Thakur said that long term strategy must be chalked out to engage youth in constructive activities. 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.Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu, while welcoming the Governor and Chief Minister, said that cases of drug abuse and drug trafficking were increasing in fast pace and it needed to be contained to save the society. He said that multi-pronged strategy was required to be implemented to effectively tackle this teething issue.