Freedom for everyone is the largest development in J&K, says LG on the fourth anniversary of Article 370's repeal
Nadia Farooq
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On Monday, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha of Jammu and Kashmir asked for tough measures to be taken against drug traffickers, as well as for more information and education campaigns (IEC), community participation, and training for law enforcement. In a statement released here, an official spokesman said that while chairing the 5th J&K-level meeting of the Narco Coordination Centre (NCORD), the LG took appraisal of the action taken on the directions passed during the 4th NCORD meeting and discussed the comprehensive strategy for J&K and district-level initiatives to counter the menace of drug abuse.

The Special DG (Crime) A K Choudhary-led task force’s action plan was also addressed.

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Sinha has demanded more communication and cooperation amongst the various authorities concerned with national security and drug control.

He said, “The action plan of the task force highlights the zero-tolerance policy of the J&K administration towards narcotics.”

Attendees included Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta, DGP Dilbag Singh, and other high-ranking police officers and officials from the J&K government and other relevant state and federal organisations.

A government spokesperson stated that the Higher Education and School Education Department and relevant personnel have been instructed to step up their efforts to raise public awareness and turn Nasha Mukt Panchayat Abhiyaan into a nationwide grassroots movement.

The spokesperson said that district officials had been instructed to implement the NCORD meeting’s recommendations and make full use of the Nidaan portal.

In his words, Special DG (Crime) A K Choudhary informed the chair on the meeting’s agenda items and the measures put in place to successfully combat the drug issue.

R K Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department; R R Swain, Special DG, CID; Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary, LG’s Office; ADGPs; Divisional Commissioners; Deputy Commissioners; Special Police officials; and other top officials of Police and civil administration were present.

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