Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said the state government will curb the menace of inter state drug trafficking. He was speaking at three day conference organised in Kullu on ‘Drug problem in Himachal Pradesh, searching for truth and solution’ .
Chief Minister said that drugs and alcohol abuse are important problems that affect school going youth at early age. No matter what age a person is from and what social class they might fall into, as the addiction unfolds, their continued use could lead to disastrous consequences.
“Drugs were targeting our generations and the nexus between the drug mafia and the traffickers need to be dealt with heavy hand”, he added.
As far as our state and neighbouring states were concerned, of late, drug abuse and trafficking, has become an issue of serious concern, said the Chief Minister. The law enforcement agencies need to curb the inter-state drug trafficking from the neighbouring states. It has been observed the drug peddlers were more active in areas adjoining Punjab border that needs to be curbed at all cost.
The Chief Minister said that the cultivation and production of Cannabis in H.P. has its deep roots since long. It is directly related with their living as one of the major source of income. It is also related with the geographical terrain of the Himachal Pradesh which is difficult and takes days to reach in such areas as there is no road connectivity. There are such areas where cannabis and opium poppy seeds are the only crops which are best suited to cultivate to earn livelihood,” he said.