Jammu, Nov 14: Lt. Governor Girish Chandra Murmu reviewed the status of Power Development Department in a meeting held at the Raj Bhavan here this evening. Sh. BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Sh. Arun Kumar Mehta; Financial Commissioner, Finance; Sh. Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Lt. Governor; Sh. Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department; Sh. Hirdesh Kumar, Secretary JKPDD; were among those present in the meeting. Sh. Hirdesh Kumar gave a presentation on the power scenario of J&K and the road map formulated by the Department for ensuring its self sustainability including capacity
The J and K state has witnessed a tremendous rise in narcotics and drugs since last three years, which is a great concern for the people. The youth of the state is falling prey to drug menace and the government has failed to contain it. Almost every day we hear the news of seizure of drugs and narcotics from any part of the state. The drug trafficking has engulfed the whole state and the drug traffickers are luring more and more youth to this menace. This menace is spreading so largely that every second day police registers FIR under NDPS Act. The state police has launched a compaign to eradicate this menace from the state and has seized a huge cache of drugs. The main source of the drugs is the border districts or neighbouring state or the LOC trade while in some cases it is smuggled from Kashmir also. It is an open secret that large cache of drugs through LOC trade, which is a matter of great concern. The government has failed to install scanner to check the vehicles coming across LOC, which has encouraged drug traffickers. The Jammu police has already started operation Sanjeevni in the district to eradicate the menace of drugs and has recovered a large cache of drugs and arrested drug peddlers, who were selling the drugs to the youth. In the border districts of the Jammu division, the police is giving no leniency to drug traffickers and is strict in dealing with this menace. That is the reason that many smugglers have been put behind bars and large quantity of narcotics has been recovered.
In the Kashmir valley the position of drug abuse, too, has reached to an alarming position. The youth of the valley are vulnerable to drugs. This has been due to the rise of militancy in the valley. According to media reports most drug abusers fall in the age group of 18 to 35 years. It is high time to take steps to check this alarming rate of addiction in the valley. The youth of the valley are taking refuge in drugs as they confront problems in life. Conflict, unemployment, relationship, family disputes and split families are the main reasons behind drug addiction.
Though the state police is dealing with the menace of drugs effectively, still the smuggling of drugs is going on rapidly. Recently three youth died in Jammu due to overdose of drgus.
Though there are Drug-de-addiction centres, where free treatment and counselling is given to these addicts, still the government needs to exhibit alertness at every time, as it has shown recently and recovered large consignment of narcotics.
Jammu, January 11:
The Minister for Health and Medical Education, Mr. Bali Bhagat today informed the Legislative Assembly that the government is considering merging of CHC Sumbal, NTPHC Nowgam and PHC Trigam with SKIMS on full time basis as per the Medical Council of India (MCI) norms.He said presently their administrative control lies both with SKIMS and Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir and the move is aimed to remove dual control and to streamline the functioning of these health institutions.Replying to a question by Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone, the Minister further said that most of the vacancies of doctors and paramedics have been filled up in these health institutions and remaining will be filled up soon. He informed that all attachments in the Health department have been cancelled and the detached incumbents will join their proper place of postings soon.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a tremendous rise in drug abuse. Every day the news of drugs is heard from one or the other part of the state. Recently the police has recovered a large cache of drugs from the drug smugglers. The border districts of the state have witnessed large rise in the smuggling of drugs. Though the police is taking serious action against the drug peddlers, yet this menace is going on. As per a report in the current year 569 Kg drugs have been seized so far, which is in addition to 5610 Kg poppy-straw.
Jammu Division of the state is becoming the epicentre of drugs and the youth are falling prey to it. The region is bordering to Punjab, Haryana and is connected with the international border, where from the smuggling of drugs is carried without any check. Though the state police has launched “ Operation Sanjeevni “ to curb the menace of drugs in the division and has arrested 178 drug peddlers including 4 women. As per a report during the current year as many as 542 Drug smuggling cases have been registered so far in the state while as 667 persons have been arrested in the related cases. In Jammu district alone 137 drug smuggling cases have been registered in 2018 so far. It shows the increasing trend in drug abuse in the Jammu region.
In the Kashmir valley the position of drug abuse has reached to an alarming situation. The youth of the valley is now falling prey to drugs. This has been due to the rise of militancy in the valley. According to media reports most drug abusers fall in the age group of 18-35 years and the patient flow at the police de-addiction centres is alarming as well. As per a report the female folk of the valley is sharply falling prey to drugs, which is an alarming situation. The parents of the children are worried about the increase in drugs, which has made their children truant from the homes. As per a media reportduring the last two months 8 minor girls have left their homes, keeping their parents in agony.It is high time to take steps to check this alarming rate of addiction in the valley. Besides other reasons the conflict, unemployment, relationship, family disputes and split families are the main reasons behind drug addiction in the valley.
The government as well as the NGO’s need to pay their role in eliminating this menace. The youth should be educated against its ill-effects. If the effective measures are not taken against this menace, the day will be no longer when half of our population will be affected by this menace, which will be dangerous for the state and society as well.
Srinagar, October 31||
Reiterating that separatists always advocated and supported sincere and productive dialogue as a means to resolve the Kashmir issue, “ Joint Resistance Leadership “(JRL) alleged that appointment of interlocutor has nothing more than a tactics to buy time.
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