Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Tuesday reiterated his directions to the health department to formulate a comprehensive policy to effectively deal with the menace of drug addiction, which, he said, has seriously endangered the future of the youths in the state.
He said the government was keen to prevent the menace that was “spreading like a cancer”.
“We need de-addiction and rehab centres at all district hospitals for our youth who fall easy prey to drugs,” Mufti said on the second day of the legislative assembly’s autumn session.
Mufti was speaking during the Zero Hour and discussions on private members’ resolutions when several legislators cutting across party lines raised issues related to rising drug abuse.
“Even though the police have established some drug de-addiction centres at a few places, the onus lies on the health department to put in place an effective mechanism to counter drug addiction,” the chief minister said.
An official spokesperson said the legislators in the house also raise the issues of posting of lecturers in colleges, filling up of vacancies in the rural development department (RDD), distribution of ration, and promotion of border tourism in the state.
Referring to the lack of infrastructure at Bani College, in Kathua, Mufti said he will ensure facilities comparable with those available in other colleges of Jammu.
He said he was aware of the hardships faced by youths who pursue higher studies in remote and inaccessible areas of the state.
Ration distribution, tourism
Responding to the query raised about vacancies in RDD, Mufti assured that necessary steps for expediting filling up of posts will be taken.
Asking the MLAs to appreciate the government’s role in streamlining the public distribution system in the state, Mufti said a major achievement was that ration was now being provided to people as per 2011 Census, when earlier it was being distributed as per Census 2001.
The chief minister, who also holds the charge of tourism department, also assured the House that government is working on a plan to showcase Chhamb, Suchetgarh, Janjar (Nowshera), Chakan da Bagh (Poonch), Uri-Salamabad (Baramulla) and Kargil as new destinations points for tourists, on the pattern of Wagah broder in Punjab, which attracts fairly large number of visitors.