Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday gave approval for setting up a drug de-addiction centre at Bathinda.
A decision to this effect was taken by Badal on recommendation of a team of experts comprising Ajit Avasthi and Debasish Basu, both Professors in the department of psychiatry in post-graduate institute for medical examination and research (PGIMER) Chandigarh.
Badal also gave nod to form the Punjab State Society for Prevention and Control of Drug Abuse with the primary objective of prevention, control and awareness about effects of drugs.
Badal also agreed to release Rs 25 crores, of which Rs 10 crores would be spent on the upcoming drug de-addition centers at Amritsar and Amritsar and the remaining Rs 15 crores would be utilised for the 10-bedded drug de-addition units attached to the 31 district and sub divisional hospitals.
Referring to the proposal mooted by the health and family welfare minister Madan Mohan Mittal for establishing another drug de-addiction centre in Ludhiana, the CM asked the Health department in consultation with expert group to explore the possibility of setting up this proposed centre.
Badal also asked the principal secretary health and family welfare to work out the budgetary provisions for recurring expenditure at each drug de-addiction centre to make them financially viable.
He also asked the principal secretary home to authorise the jail superintendents to procure medicines required for drug de-addiction from the prison funds.
The expert group has also recommended the creation and strengthening of de-addiction facilities in each of the eight central jails.