IMPHAL, June 26 (Newmai): Manipur chief minister, Biren Singh said that a collective effort is needed to curb the drug menace in the State and “let us take the pledge to save our future generation from drug abuse and building a drug abuse free society”. Biren said this at the observation of “International Day Against Drug abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 2018” and launching of “Nisha Thadoklasi” campaign held at Auditorium Hall of JNIMS, Imphal East on Tuesday.
The Chief Minister said that the government is drafting a State Drug Policy and is almost at its final stage. Any suggestions, advices and opinions are very much welcome, he added. Since the day one of the present government, we are working towards curbing the drug menace in the State. The Government has already initiated a State wide campaign on War against Drugs. He maintained that the present government is committed to work for the welfare of the people and for the State.
Mentioning some of the major achievements of the present Government in War against Drugs, the Chief Minister said that around 1853 acres of poppy plantation amounting to Rs. 130 crores were destroyed in the last one year. Altogether 222 cases relating to drugs and other illegal psychotropic substance were registered, 264 persons were arrested, he added. 10 kgs of heroin, 1645 kgs of Ganja, 78 kgs of opium, 22 kgs of opium seeds, 6 kgs of brown sugar, 5900 nos of N10 tablets, 8,86,880 nos of WY tablets etc. were seized. Such achievements were made possible with the love and support of the people. Chief Minister further lamented that no one had intervened into such big business which can cripple our society during the past governments. There would be no way forward for the future generation if we don’t act at this hour. The government will not spare any anti-social people regardless of their connection with any political party etc.
Biren Singh stated that due to the drug and alcohol abuse, the approximate number of widows in the State is about 15,000. In a survey conducted in 2017, there are a total of 36,000 drug abuse victims wherein around 26,000 are abusing drugs by injection and other 10,000 by oral consumption.
The Police Department has also started ‘Community Policing’ initiative to root out the drug menace from the State. Like Fast Track Court (FTC) for Crime against Women, a FTC has been set up for the cases related to Drugs and other illegal substance in the State.