Amritsar, July 8 (Punjab Post Bureau) – Former state BJP vice-president and senior leader Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina today lashed out at Congress’s Capt Amarinder Singh-led government for failing to nab the menace of drugs proliferation in the state. He said that the Congress party had been strident during its election campaign in criticizing the then BJP-SAD coalition for failing to solve the state’s drug problem but the drugs smugglers are having fields day now due to indifferent attitude of the police and administration.
Accusing the government for having no policy and program to check the drug trade, he said the government was formed by the Congress on false promises. “The party promised to eliminate the menace in four weeks, using a catchy slogan, ‘Char hafte vich khatam’. Punjab’s Congress government has completed 14 months in office and has barely been able to do any good to the worsening situation, said Chhina
In a statement issued here, he said that the addiction in the state is attributed to a complex network of factors and primarily is political apathy and criminalization of the police force which itself is neck deep into the drugs addiction. “The economy is in dole drums and the unemployment is on the rise. The drug trafficking and peddling serve as sources of easy money; transporting half a kilo of heroin purportedly fetches heavy returns and the jails itself are turning into drugs heaven”, said he.
He advised the government that immediate steps should be to smash the ‘drug-lord’ rackets, run de-addiction campaigns on scientific lines, focus on rehabilitation and employment and encourage cultural and recreational activities, besides health programmes for the youth at district levels.