About 1000 arrested had been made in Himachal Pradesh. This was said by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday while addressing the Regional Conference of Chief Ministers of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Administrator of Chandigarh Union Territory through video conference.
The Chief Minister asserted that a joint strategy should be chalked out and implemented effectively to eradicate the drug menace from the society. Acknowledging the harms of drugs, CM Jai Ram Thakur said that drug abuse has assumed a major threat to the society, thus it was essential to chalk out a joint strategy to tackle this social vice. He further said that this was not an issue confined to a few states, but drug menace was a universal problem.
The Chief Minister also noted that about 1000 arrests had been made in the State against drug peddlers. He said that since the State has borders with several states, it was essential that joint task force be constituted to check cross-border drug peddling.
CM Jai Ram Thakur stated that due to greater pressure on the drug peddlers in the neighbouring States, the cases of drug-related arrests had increased manifold in Himachal Pradesh. “The Charas or cannabis was one of the major substances used by drug addicts in the State, but now synthetic drugs had emerged as a major area of concern. He said that substance addiction had a severe impact not only on the individual but those closest to them and society as a whole,” he added.
He said that drug abuse and peddling also attribute to crime, diseases, accidents, domestic violence, abuse, job loss, and homelessness. He said that long-term strategy should also be chalked out to engage youth in constructive activities. He said that parents should also keep an eye on abnormal behaviour of their teenage children.
The Chief Minister, in the end, said that a large amount of crime could be attributed to substance addictions. “This is because many addicts are trying to obtain money to purchase their substance of choice and when a purchase goes wrong they need more money and violence normally occurs during these situations,” he concluded.
On the other side, CM Manohar Lal Khattar said this meeting had been held to deliberate on the very vital issue of drug abuse. He said that it was unfortunate that the drug abuse was the biggest challenge for our society and the Haryana government was working relentlessly to check it. He said that the State was also working with close coordination with other States to arrest drug peddlers.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister T.S. Rawat said that conviction rate in the State against drug abuse was very high. He said that about 720 cases were registered against the drug trekkers. He said that various social organizations should also come forward to check this social Vice. He said that more states should be involved in chalking out a joint strategy to check this social vice. He said that this beginning would indeed go a long way in tackling this issue.
The representatives of Rajasthan, Chandigarh and New Delhi governments also spoke on the occasion.