Weak Policing Responsible For Drug Menace, says Lal Singh



Ch Lal Singh

Speaking during zero hour, the J&K controversial Health Minister Ch Lal Singh while training guns at J&K Police said that as everyone appreciates the role of police, “but nobody will talk how it (police) is actually responsible for drug menace. If there is a weak SHO, the things are bound to cut loose.” The minister said that his team can’t stop the menace and said only shutting shops won’t do.

Singh in his brief speech said that the drug menace is the pan JK phenomenon which “isn’t due to unemployment”.

Ch Lal Singh speaking during discussion on drug menace in J&K.
Ch Lal Singh speaking during discussion on drug menace in J&K.

Singh was responding to the suggestions of the lawmakers on how to curb drug menace in state.

 “I have seen how Class 9th, 10th students are increasingly becoming habitual of taking drugs,” Singh said. The minister said he will be opening drug rehabilitation centres in every district, “but that isn’t going to solve the menace. We need to hit the source – the supply lines of these drugs.”

Towards the end of his speech, the resolution against drugs was passed in the house.

Meanwhile, Government sought more time in liquor ban PIL on Tuesday.

Advocate general appeared on behalf of state in High Court and sought a week’s time to file comprehensive report for relocation of shops situated near hospital, religious places, educational institutions, state highways in view of the direction issued by the Hon’ble court on 29th Sep 15. The matter is posted for further proceedings on 14th Oct 2015.

A PIL was filed in the HC seeking blanket ban on consumption of liquor in state.

Earlier the youngest lawmaker in the lower house of the state legislature, Yawar Mir, representing Rafiabad constituency said that around one Lakh bottles of codeine are consumed in Sopore town of Baramulla only.

Participating in a discussion on ban on narcotics in J&Y, Yawar said, “we need to own the drug addicts.”

“These victims of drugs have huge abilities and we need to come forward and help them to put in practice such abilities,” Yawar told the house to applause.

He said that the members of the house need to give opportunities to the drug addicts. “We have likes of Pervez Rasool; these addicts need to be taken to sports fields so that they are able to follow the steps of the great Kashmiri cricketer,” he added.

Yawar advocated political engagement of such youth. “Only laws can’t stop it; the addicts need to be politically engaged,” he said.


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