Governor appeals for concerted effort in war against drugs
Expressing serious concern over the drug situation in northeast states particularly, Manipur, governor, Najma Heptulla called for stronger cooperation and coordination of law enforcement of law enforcement agencies in South Asia to counter drug trafficking in India.
She was speaking at the inaugural function of two-day international workshop on developing a comprehensive approach: Combating Illicit Trafficking of Afghan Opiates and Drug situation in Northeast, convened by UNODC at Classic Grande, Imperial Hall.
In her speech, Najma Heptulla said the prime minster, Narendra Modi, on his campaign for drug free India, had said, apart from health problems and destruction of families, narcotics trade is a threat to the safety and security of the country.
She said, “It is a mandate for all of us, the central government, state governments, legislators and civil bodies to put heart and soul to eliminate this evil menace from the society.”
The governor further stated that during her several visits to different parts of the State including the border areas, she had noticed the pains and concerns, and the expectations and hopes of the people. Besides poverty, the drug situation in the northeast is equally alarming, she added.
A concerted action is required to reduce both, the cultivation and production on the one hand and the demand and dependence on the other as there is high prevalence of drug abuse in several areas over and above the National Average, as pointed out by Dr. Ambekar in his recent study, she said.
“Apart from the study by AIIMS and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, a more intensive study about the cultivation and consumption of drugs in each of the eight States, including Sikkim has to be carried out to devise our response to the problem effectively,” she added. If seizure reports are an indication, then a coordinated approach is required by all the countries of South Asia, she added.