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HindustanTimes Wed,23 Jul 2014

‘Free treatment only for BPL card-holder addicts’

HT Correspondents , Hindustan Times  Mansa/Sangrur, July 07, 2014
First Published: 10:34 IST(7/7/2014) | Last Updated: 11:06 IST(7/7/2014)

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who visited the de-addiction centre in Mansa district on Sunday, amended his earlier statement of free treatment for drug addicts and clarified that only those, who have the BPL card can avail this facility.

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On being asked as to why his earlier promise of free treatment for addicts is not being kept, he said those, who possess BPL cards, are only eligible to avail this service. He further said that usually people don't value the so-called ‘free treatment’.

It may be mentioned here that the chief minister, during his earlier visit to a de-addiction centre in Bathinda district, had promised that treatment for de-addiction will be free for every patient. This was not implemented and the issues was duly highlighted in previous reports in the HT.

Expressing concern over the drug issue, the chief minister confirmed that his government was working in collaboration with the central government to curb the menace.

"We have asked for assistance from the central government to check the supply of poppy husk from the Rajasthan border," said the CM.

The de-addiction centre was established last year and has a capacity of 10 patients at a time. The officials, present during the visit of the CM to the centre, said that the CM has approved another rehabilitation centre in the district very soon. "We have sent a proposal for of a new rehabilitation centre in the district and it has been approved by the CM", said a senior doctor.

The chief minister also spoke to all the patients and requested them to quit taking drugs. The patients included a few people, who were arrested and admitted here.


CAMPAIGN GETTING HUGE RESPONSE: CM

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal also visited the drug deaddiction centre here on Sunday and said the anti-drug campaign launched by the state government was getting an overwhelming response as youths were visiting drug de-addiction centres to get rid of the habit of drugs.

Talking to mediapersons on the second day of his tour here, the chief minister said that the two-day visit has helped him in understanding the remedy of the problem of drug addiction.

The chief minister reiterated that to make sure that the deaddicted youth could live a life with dignity; the state government would open 22 rehabilitation centres across the state within three months.

He also announced that Sangrur’s drug de-addiction centre will be upgraded from 10 beds to 20 beds.

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