Govt to geo-tag drug-affected villages in Punjab

CM suggests shorter tenure for BSF personnel at border to break the drug nexus.

punjab Updated: Jul 25, 2018 13:32 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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In a bid to check narcotics smuggling from across the border, chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday suggested shorter tenures for the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel at border to break their alleged nexus with drug smugglers.

Addressing a meeting of all deputy commissioners, commissioners of police and SSPs of the state, he also accepted a proposal of the police for geo-tagging of drug-affected villages to ensure their regular and proper monitoring. Drug-free villages would be given additional grants for development works, as an incentive.

The CM asked the police to formulate a robust system of reward and punishment to check drug abuse, with the suggestion to consider informers for government jobs as an incentive and also called for strengthening of the forensic labs to ensure proper and speedy testing of samples.

He said the SDMs, DSPs and SHOs shall be held responsible and accountable for ensuring that their respective areas are drug-free. Local officials should visit the houses from where drug abuse cases are reported and submit a comprehensive report for necessary follow-up action.

The CM added that he would be requesting the Punjab and Haryana high court to set up fast-track courts to resolve cases under the NDPS Act in areas where more than 600 drug-related cases have been reported to ensure speedy punishment for culprits and send exemplary message to others.

First Published: Jul 25, 2018 10:55 IST