People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Tuesday expressed shock over reports about women getting hooked on drugs and said it exposed the dark underbelly of what was once the most prosperous state in the country and considered to be a role model.
Reiterating his earlier proposal of evolving a consensus to confront the drug menace which had assumed alarming proportions, he said, “The issue is not that Punjabis are being portrayed as drug addicts, as being made out by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal leadership, but it is a stark reality staring Punjabis in the face.
One can imagine the situation when even the women in the family become addicts. The repercussions can be far-reaching and too serious for a frontline state like Punjab.”
He said despite the fact that the drug issue had come to dominate the political discourse in the state, the state government was still to come out with a holistic policy to deal with such a situation. The government gave the impression of launching a campaign against drugs but that was confined to rounding up some addicts only, Manpreet added.