After the Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit extensively highlighted the government’s failure in checking drugs issue in the state, especially border districts, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday asked the Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners of Police (CPs), and Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) to further accelerate three-pronged strategy of ‘Enforcement, Deaddiction, and Prevention’ for making Punjab a drug-free state.
Mann, chairing a review meeting with the officers, said that area-specific strategy should be tailored to each police station area, locality or village for effective enforcement. “Appropriate action should be taken against colluding police or government officials to break any nexus with drug traffickers and property of drug traffickers should be confiscated under the provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985,” he said.
He also asked the officers concerned to ensure that provisions of preventive detention under PITNDPS Act, 1988, is implemented along with tracing the forward and backward linkages in the supply chain through proper investigation of each recovery of illicit drugs. The officers have also been asked to ensure capacity building of IOs or GOs to effectively implement NDPS Act by conducting regular training and workshops.
The Chief Minister also asked the officers to ensure proper rehabilitation and treatment of the victims of drug menace. “Emphasis must be given on outpatient treatment based on harm reduction, medication, counselling, and peer support along with effective implementation of DAPO and Buddy program should be ensured,” he said.
Mann said that medical infrastructure in form of 528 Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) clinics, including 17 in central jails, 36 Government De-addiction centres, 19 Government Rehabilitation centres, 185 Private De-addiction centres, and 75 private Rehabilitation centres must be judiciously utilized for wiping out this menace.
The Chief Minister also asked the officers to intensify action against promotion of gun culture in the state. So far, 167 FIRs have been registered for glorification of weapons in the state, and 1.77 lakh weapons have been verified out of the total 4.38 lakh in the state. He underlined more strenuous efforts by the officers in this regard, adding that the officers must complete the verification process at the earliest.
Reiterating zero tolerance policy against corruption in the state, he asked the Deputy Commissioners to hold monthly meetings with the SSP Vigilance. “DCs should ensure that due process of law is followed so that case reaches a logical end,” he added.
The Chief Minister also made it clear that the officers will be made accountable for any sort of illegal mining being carried out in areas under their jurisdiction. “Strict action should be taken against those involved in this heinous crime. DCs and SSPs must make sure this illegal activity is curbed across the state,” he said.
Officers were also directed to maximize their field visits and interactions with the people by going to villages. “It is the need of the hour to facilitate the people in getting their day-to-day works done easily besides ensuring good governance to them. This will help in better functioning of the offices along with better acquaintance with the ground realities,” he added.