HP CM sets up STF to combat the threat of drugs; launches ‘Nasha Nahin, Zindagi Chunne’ campaign Declares drug addiction policy to combat drug threat in hill state

The government of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday announced the establishment of a Special Task Force (STF) to tackle the threat of drugs in the state, in addition to launching the “Nasha Nahin, Zindagi Chunne” campaign – a initiative of the State Department of Tax and Excise and HP Nasha Conseil Niwaran.

“The state government is committed to eradicating the drug threat from the state, for which an integrated drug rehabilitation policy has been adopted. The state government has constituted a Nasha Niwaran Council. No less than 73 police staff positions would be created and filled in the State Department of Tax and Excise for effective implementation of the Excise NDPS and other regulatory legislations. This would not only preserve government revenue, but also reaffirm the government’s commitment to countering the threat of drugs holistically,” he said while also initiating the process of “policing excise” on this occasion.

Stating that there was an urgent need to turn the campaign against drug abuse into a grassroots movement, Thakur said that only then could this demon of drug abuse be defeated and the younger generation could to be saved from this social vice.

“Advancements in technology have made countering the threat quite difficult,” he said while advising the police department to stay one step ahead of catching those involved in drug trafficking.

The chief minister said better coordination between police forces in neighboring states was vital only then the chain of drug trafficking could be broken. He said it was on his initiative that steps were taken to develop a common strategy to control the threat of drugs in the region. “A meeting was held at Panchkula in Haryana attended by Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. All Chief Ministers and Representatives other northern states have agreed to share information regarding drug trafficking.Another meeting was organized by Punjab, which was also attended by the chief ministers of Rajasthan and Delhi,” he said.

Thakur said the state government has also launched a special drug addiction hotline under the Chief Minister’s Hotline-1100. This helpline aims to provide advice and guidance to patients, he said.

He said the state government has made drug trafficking a no-bail offense to control drug trafficking. “The state government is determined to curb the drug menace problem in the state as it continues to be a serious social problem across the state and country. In order to control the threat of drugs, the state government has drawn up a comprehensive plan to make Himachal Pradesh a drug-free state,” he said.

“Much of the state government’s anti-drug strategy focuses on certain drugs originally derived from plant sources such as cannabis and opium. The state government has taken strict action against cultivation and for the eradication of these drug-producing plants. Assets worth Rs 20 crore have been seized by the state government earned by drug traffickers and those involved in this illegal trade,” said he added.

Thakur also advised parents to monitor their children’s behavioral changes. He also advised parents to spend quality time with their children. He also urged teachers in schools and other educational institutions to strictly monitor the activities taking place in their establishments as drug traffickers specifically target such establishments. “Special campaigns to combat the threat of drugs among young people should be regularly organized near schools and colleges from time to time as part of the community policing program,” he stressed.