HC notice to Punjab health secy on contempt of court petition

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 07, 2015 20:48 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday issued notice to the principal secretary, health, Punjab, on a contempt of court petition seeking directions to the Punjab government to evolve a comprehensive policy for de-addiction of drug addicts.

The bench of justice HS Sidhu issued notice to Vini Mahajan on a petition filed by advocate HC Arora for May 21.

The petitioner had submitted that a PIL filed by him was disposed of by the high court in August 2014 with directions to the principal secretary, health, to take appropriate steps, preferably within four months, to evolve a comprehensive policy for de-addiction of drug addicts by involving all three systems of treatment -- allopathy, homoeopathy and ayurveda.

However, he submitted that the principal secretary had neither asked the petitioner to appear before her, nor had she decided his representations so far.

Apart from the policy on de-addiction, the petitioner had also sought a policy for the rehabilitation of drug addicts as a long-term measure and directions to the government to incorporate the topic of "harmful effects of drugs" in school curriculum.

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