SRINAGAR, Oct 06:Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Tuesday reiterated his directions to the Health Department to formulate a comprehensive policy to effectively deal with the challenge posed by the menace of drug addiction that has seriously endangered the future of our younger generation.
He said the government is keen to prevent menace of drug abuse, which is spreading like a ‘cancer in society’. “We need de-addiction and rehab centres at all district hospitals for our youth who fall easy prey to drugs,” he said, after the Lower House echoed concern over excessive use of drugs by youth, the most vulnerable section of the society.
The Chief Minister was speaking during Zero Hour and discussions on Private Members' Resolutions, when several members, cutting across party lines, raised issues related to rising drug abuse, posting of lecturers in colleges, filling up of vacancies in Rural Development Department (RDD), distribution of ration and promotion of border tourism in the state.
Expressing serious concern over proliferation of drug use amongst youth, the Chief Minister said the Health Department has been tasked to frame a comprehensive policy on the issue to safeguard future of our children. “Even though Police have established some drug de-addiction centres at a few places, the onus primarily lies on the Health Department to put in place an effective mechanism to counter drug addiction,” he said, while referring to his instructions given to Health Department to start counselling and rehab centres at all district hospitals.