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Roadmap prepared for controlling drug at village, ward-level to state-level in Haryana

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Chandigarh, February 21, 2022: Haryana State Narcotics Control Bureau, which has been constituted for the prevention and control of drug trafficking in Haryana, has prepared a roadmap from village, ward-level to state level. The Chief Secretary, Sanjeev Kaushal was presiding over the State Apex Committee meeting held today in this regard. In the meeting Kaushal said that Haryana State Narcotics Control Bureau would coordinate with various departments for the prevention of drug abuse as per the aim of the State Government and spread information in this regard by conducting awareness campaigns.

The Chief Secretary said that the objective of the government is to prevent and control drug smuggling and to rehabilitate drug addicts. For this, the Haryana State Narcotics Control Bureau should prepare an institutional structure, in which the senior officers of all the concerned departments should also be involved, so that the schemes can be implemented in this direction with uniformity. He directed the officers that the Administrative Secretaries of the departments should send their suggestions to the Haryana State Drug Control Bureau within the next 7 days so that the State Action Plan can be finalised at the earliest.

Giving instructions, he said that the Bureau should conduct scientific, social and psychological studies in collaboration with various universities of the state to prepare a policy and effective strategy for rehabilitation. For this, soon the draft of terms and conditions should be prepared and finalised. Besides this, periodic evaluation reports of the work being done by the Bureau should also be prepared. He said that youth clubs set up by the Sports and Youth Affairs Department should also be included in the awareness campaign.

In the meeting, Additional Director General of Police, Haryana State Narcotics Control Bureau, Panchkula, Shrikant Jadhav informed that mission teams have been formulated from village-ward level to state-level for the prevention of drugs. The main objective of these teams will be to trace drug addicts, thereafter, enter their data in the mobile application, to make substantial efforts so as to counsel and rehabilitate addicts and to spread awareness in this regard. He said that Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been prepared for the Inquiry Officers to investigate the cases under the NDPS Act.

In addition, regular courses and training programmes are being conducted by the Bureau at Haryana Police Academy and Police Training Centres for matters covered under NDPS Act. Under the public awareness programme, various seminars, road shows and competitions are being organised by the Bureau at regular intervals through the concerned departments and NGOs. Besides this, a unique programme is also being prepared for the school, college and university-level, through which the youth will be made aware of the harmful effects of drugs.

In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, School Education Department, Mahavir Singh, Principal Secretary Social Justice and Empowerment, Vineet Garg, Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development and Medical Education and Research, G. Anupama, Principal Secretary Forest and Wildlife Department, A.K. Singh, Director General of Police, P.K. Agrawal, ADGP CID Alok Mittal and other senior officers were present. Besides this, Additional Chief Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department, Anurag Rastogi attended the meeting through video conferencing.

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