Srinagar, November 9: Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, the Chief Secretary, presided over the 7th UT Level Apex Committee meeting of NCORD today and conducted a thorough assessment of all the current efforts being made across Jammu and Kashmir to address the drug problem.
ACS Home, Administrative Secretaries GAD, Forest, PWD, DG Prosecution, and top officials NCORD were present at the meeting; deputy commissioners participated virtually.
In her talk to the police, Dr. Mehta stressed the need to help those who have become victims of drug misuse lead normal lives by offering them support and assistance. He prioritized the rehabilitation of people impacted by the drug war while also directing continual monitoring in that regard. He said that Nasha Mukt J&K is a crucial component of B2V and that every Panchayat member should swear to end the threat.
In order to guarantee the prompt resolution of NDPS cases, the Chief Secretary ordered at the meeting the creation of special NDPS fast-track courts in a minimum of five districts. Additionally, he demanded that statistics at the state level be preserved, including the number of drug victims who underwent counseling and treatment.
The Deputy Commissioners and SSPs were instructed by the Chief Secretary to closely monitor the regions where drug trafficking is prevalent and to take appropriate disciplinary measures against the offenders. He requested that they address the matter at monthly meetings and that anyone found guilty of abusing medications that have the potential to be utilized as psychotropic substances face severe consequences.
The Chief Secretary ordered automated invoicing and 100% CCTV camera coverage for every pharmacy. In order to properly execute the objective, the H&ME department was thus directed to make sure that qualified personnel were available in every area.
Dr. Mehta emphasized how important it is to educate people about the risks associated with drug usage. Additionally, he asked the police to keep up their collaboration and synergy across all wings and departments in order to eradicate drug-related activities in the Union Territory altogether. In order to do this, Dr. Mehta emphasized the need for creating a strong feedback system and strengthening the competence of law enforcement personnel engaged in drug-related operations.