The union ministry of social justice and empowerment will support the drug-control efforts of the Punjab government.
Joint-secretary-rank officer Ghaza Meenai, who led a three-member central delegation to the chief minister on Monday, promised to discuss with the state’s principal secretary for health and the social security secretary the modalities of funding de-addiction centres under the central scheme for preventing alcoholism and substance abuse.
She told the CM that the ministry could help with meeting the running cost of the de-addiction campaign easily but would have to look into the state government proposal. The issue of giving grants to registered de-addiction and rehabilitation societies in the districts separately or collectively would also be examined in the health and social security department, she added.
The CM said a financial assistance from the Centre at this juncture would give a big boost to the war on drugs. The delegation will visit the de-addiction centres in Jalandhar and Amritsar to collect inputs from the civil surgeons concerned.
Badal also sought help from the Centre to dissuade Rajasthan from allowing the trafficking of poppy husk and other drugs to Punjab, saying the influx will reverse the gains of the crackdown on peddlers. He hoped the Centre would play a pro-active role and ask the Rajasthan government to man the inter-state border and ban the open sale of poppy husk.