The state government has decided to set up an ultra-modern 50-bedded de-addiction and rehabilitation centre at a cost of `3 crore at Ram Nagar, also called Jat Wali village of Fazilka district. It is worth mentioning here that Fazilka district is situated at the tail-end of the state and neighbouring Rajasthan, where the sale of opium and poppy husk is legally permitted. The easy availability of these substances has led many youths of the district to fall prey to drugs.
Apart from providing treatment to drug addicts, the district authorities have also chalked out a special plan for the rehabilitation of drug addicts.
Meanwhile, all arrangements have been finalised for the opening of the drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centre, revealed official sources.
The land for the centre has been donated by the Jat Wali village panchayat. The orders to transfer the land in the name of the health department have already been issued, added the sources.
After constituting 'Punjab State Board for Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation' to help eradicate the drug menace in the state, the government has also decided to set up drug de-addiction and rehabilitation societies at the district level, according to reports.
These societies would make arrangements for treatment of drug addicts and, later on, their rehabilitation apart from arranging vocational training, bank loans etc for them.
When contacted, Manjit Singh Brar, deputy commissioner of Fazilka, confirmed the development and added that the new drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centre would be very beneficial for drug addicts.