In a bid to counter the menace of drug addiction among youths in Jammu and Kashmir, police has sought help from 'imams', teachers and respected elders in the state.
"We have lost one generation to militancy and we cannot afford to lose another generation to addictions. The imams, teachers and respectables should come forward to help the police in fighting the menace of drug addiction," inspector general of police (IGP) AG Mir said at a public meeting at Kupwara, 90 kms, yesterday.
The IG said he has directed the police administration of north Kashmir range to deal with drug peddlers with an iron hand.
The Kashmir police chief assured full help to those affected by this menace.
In response to a pending demand of the locals, Mir announced the opening up of a police post at Aawora in the jurisdiction of Trehgam police station and assured that he will take up the issue of opening up of the office of the sub-divisional police officer at Trehgam with the authorities.
The IGP also referred to growing causalities in road accidents and directed authorities for a special drive against errant drivers and other motor vehicle related crimes.
He advised that the minors should be discouraged from driving vehicles and said that action should be taken against those vehicle owners who allow minors to drive.
Over the delay in police verification for jobs and passports, the IGP said that these services have been brought under the ambit of Public Services Guarantee Act (PSGA) by the government and are to be completed within a stipulated time.
"If any official is found delaying the process, the people should bring it to notice of his supervisory officer and the erring officials will be penalised," he said.
The IGP impressed upon the policemen to be sensitive towards the public who visit police stations when they are in distress.
Mir later addressed a police Darbar and assured all possible help to the policemen.
"I am well aware of the problems and grievances of the subordinates particularly the jawans," he said and directed the supervisory officers to take more and more jawan friendly measures.
Mir impressed upon the jawans and officers to increase their professional competence by honing their skills in today's age of transparency and accountability.
The IGP also gave a patient hearing to the problems put forth by jawans and issued redressal orders in some cases.
Mir also chaired a security review meeting in the district.
Deputy inspector general of police, north Kashmir, JP Singh, SSP Kupwara Abdul Jabbar and senior officers of Army and CRPF attended the meeting, a police spokesman said.