Punjab government on Tuesday decided to slash admission charges from Rs 200 to Rs 50 for patients coming to state-owned drug rehabilitation centres.
The decision was taken by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal while presiding over the third meeting of the State Drug De-Addiction and Rehabilitation Board in Chandigarh on Tuesday morning.
However, the charges for de-addiction would continue at the nominal rate of Rs 200 per day, which would include the cost of medicine, diet and all other expenses.
Badal said the decision was taken so that maximum people inflicted with drug addiction could seek the best treatment in these centres and could be properly rehabilitated to lead a life with self respect and dignity, according to an official release.
He has assured that the drug rehabilitation centres would be compensated for this deficit through Cancer and Drug De-addiction Treatment Infrastructure (CADA) fund.
During the meeting, the CM was updated on the status of model drug de-addiction centres and was told that out of five such centres, four at Bathinda, Faridkot, Jalandhar and Amritsar, have been made functional and another at Patiala was under construction.
Badal asked the chief secretary to visit a few central jails along with additional chief secretary (Home), ADGP (jails) and director State Narcotics Control Bureau to examine the cases of prisoners/under-trials under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and submit the report within a month, the release said.
The CM highlighted the need for publicity to raise awareness on the ill-effects of drugs and availability of drug rehabilitation centres in the government sector in the state.