Punjab minister for health and family welfare Madan Mohan Mittal on Saturday admitted to a nexus between health department officials, drug-sellers and users and said that steps would be taken to break this nexus so as to stop sale of psychotropic substances in the state.
Mittal, a senior Punjab BJP leader, also welcomed the Centre's decision to bring in a bill for allowing registration of marriages of Sikhs under the Anand Marriage Act, 1909.
He maintained that there was religious freedom in India and people belonging to all faiths had the freedom to adopt and follow the tenets and traditions of their respective religions.
"Hinduism is a vast religion and it does not interfere in other religions. It does not force others to follow a particular kind of worship, and respects all religions," the minister said.
"We also fully respect the Sikh 'maryada' and do not have any objection to the Centre's decision to allow registration of marriages of Sikhs under the Anand Marriage Act."
To another question, Mittal said there were black sheep both in the BJP and Akali Dal who had opposed official party candidates in the assembly elections. He said both parties would take strict action against such people.
Mittal also urged people to get their children below the age of five years administered anti-polio drops during the Pulse Polio campaign to be held on Sunday in the state.