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India: Campaign to weed out cannabis
The Tribune, India
Wednesday 03 Aug 2016
Shimla, August 2
The state government will launch an intense 15-day campaign to weed out cannabis across the state from August 22, said Chief Secretary VC Pharka while addressing a meeting convened for chalking out a comprehensive plan for checking drug menace in the state here today.
Pharka directed the nodal departments to focus on Baddi area where the menace was assuming serious proportions and identify the source from where drugs were being supplied. He also asked the Law Department to study the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and propose necessary amendments for making it more stringent.
The Chief Secretary urged all the people of the state to extend support for the campaign being launched for removing cannabis from private and government land either by destroying the same or informing the nodal agencies like Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police, Tehsildars and the SHO of the area concerned in public interest.
He directed the Forest, Revenue, Police and Rural Development and Panchayati Raj departments to coordinate at Divisional Commissioners level to chalk out district wise plan by August 10 and submit the report for implementation of the same.
He asked the Panchayati Raj and Public Relations departments to spread awareness about the special drive and its objectives by reaching out to people in the remotest corners and up to the grass-root levels for successful implementation of the campaign.
The Chief Secretary stressed upon community mobilization for bringing effectiveness in the campaign and emphasized upon the need for involving panchayats and representatives of PRIs besides yuvak mandals, mahila mandals and volunteers of the NSS and the NCC.
He said the possibilities of involving temple authorities, educational institutions and power projects, etc, should be explored under the Corporate Social Responsibility to contribute towards this objective and setting up of drug de-addiction centres.
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