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Modi unmoved by drug menace: Amarinder

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 18, 2014
First Published: 22:34 IST(18/7/2014) | Last Updated: 22:37 IST(18/7/2014)

The Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha, Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday said he was dismayed over “the total indifference of Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards the serious issue of drug addiction in the country, particularly Punjab”.

Amarinder said he had written to the Prime Minister on June 30 seeking his attention towards the serious problem of drug addiction that was afflicting the youth in most parts of the country and Punjab in particular.

He said he had urged the PM to initiate measures for formulating a ‘national drug policy’ as the problem of drug peddling and smuggling was inter-state and it was beyond the scope of an individual state to tackle it.

Amarinder, however, said he was dismayed and disappointed over the PM’s cold response, which merely acknowledged the receipt of the letter without making any mention whether his government was taking any note of it and pursuing any follow up action.

He said, the PM’s reply letter merely said: “I have received your letter of June 30, 2014, regarding the problem of drug addiction in Punjab.”

Amarinder said it would have been better if Modi had said something about whether the issue was being considered by his government or not instead of a single line reply.

“The only reflects either the government’s lack of understanding of a serious matter or its lack of sincerity and seriousness in tackling the drug menace in the country,” Amarinder said.

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