Views of all sections important for education policy: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

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The letter says the sale of such items is adversely affecting the career of next generation and leading towards the heinous crimes, complicated physical disorders like brain/heart strokes in early childhood for which constant watch is required to be initiated.Vinta told TOI that preventive measures became necessary as peddlers had become active in educational institutions and the problem of addiction was increasing in urban areas. However, no peddler has been arrested so far.

While the government discussed the drug menace at a meeting on May 10, InderSingh, BJP MLA from Sarkaghat in Mandi district, had mentioned the Shimla school survey in the state assembly on March 10 this year. Sources said addiction is severest in the 18-25 age group, and cartels from outside the state are involved in the smuggling of drugs. Punjab Police in past had seized psychotropic drugs worth crores from some pharmaceutical companies in the state. HP State Youth Policy mentions that heroin, hashish, LSD and other narcotics are now being used besides alcohol, opium and cannabis, and the tourism boom has played a role in exposing the state’s youth to these vices.

A study by Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital titled ‘Prevalence and Pattern of Substance Abuse in Himachal Pradesh’ revealed that 29.3% of youths in Himachal Pradesh are addicted to cigarette, gutkha and khaini while 24.4% are alcoholic. More alarmingly, it found that 20.8% take charas while 3.4% are addicted to opium.

HP high court had on June 21 directed the state government to file a status report on the activities of the drug mafia. A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed the order in response to Punjabresident Yog Raj‘s letter drawing the chief justice’s attention to the activities of the drug mafia along the Himachal-Punjab border, particularly in Bhadroya village ofNurpur in Kangra district. He had alleged that the governments of Punjab and Himachal had failed to stop the drug menace.

 

Himachal Pradesh DGP Sanjay Kumar said police launch special drives in the border areas of Una, Kangra, Nurpur, Baddi, Bilaspur and Paonta Sahib to keep youths away from drugs and an awareness drive is being launched across the state. He added that the intelligence system is being strengthened and a proposal to appoint a drug inspector with CID has been submitted to the state government.

 

“We have launched a special drive against synthetic drugs in the border areas and have requested the government to deploy a DSP especially for the border areas,”Kumar said, adding that the menace can be stamped out if all the departments concerned and the public join the fight.

 

Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh on Monday issued direction to health and police department to work in collaboration to control drugs and psychotropic substances in the state. A state government spokesperson said that as per these directions, departments will share all kind of information regarding drugs and psychotropic substances with each other.

 

He said amendment could be considered in the rules under Drug Control Act andNDPS, so that stringent action could be taken against those who were involved in drugs. He said that in case any drug company was found getting involved in production of these drugs, its premises would be sealed and the vehicles involved in transportation of such substances would also be impounded.

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