Batting for a joint effort by the union and state governments to tackle the drug menace in the state, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said here on Sunday that it was the need of the hour for making Punjab a drug-free state and save its youth from drugs.
Interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of an annual conference of the Punjab chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) PIMACON-2015 here, the chief minister said that all-out efforts by both the governments along with the active support of the general public could help in eradicating the menace of drugs from the state.
Commenting on Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar’s visit to the Fazilka border to meet BSF officials, the chief minister said that the Congress leaders always pretend to respect the security forces whereas the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) admires these forces from the core of heart.
The chief minister also reiterated that the proposed protest of the SAD at Attari, Hussainiwala and Sadki was not against any central agency, but it was meant for awakening the people of the state against the menace of drugs and for cutting its supply line from across the border. “The sole aim of our protest is to awaken the people against this menace so that its supply line can be cut from across the border,” he added.
Earlier addressing the delegates of PIMACON, the chief minister said that in a bid to make the people aware about the benefits of good health, the state government was mulling to create a separate department for healthcare awareness in Punjab.
He also announced that the state government would annually bear the expenditure of five private practitioners, who wanted to upgrade their expertise by conducting training in foreign countries.
“The setting up of the Homi Bhabha Cancer Treatment and Research Centre at Mullanpur (New Chandigarh) is an initiative of the government to make Punjab a hub of cancer treatment in the country,” the chief minister said.
He exhorted the doctors to spare one day of the entire week for the service of poor and needy and urging the leading private practitioners to adopt a cluster of villages around their hospitals to treat the people free of cost.