CM claims suc­cess in war on drugs, cites OPD data

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - Anil Sharma

1.8 LAKH ADDICTS RE­PORTED AT VAR­I­OUS OPDS FOR TREAT­MENT IN 2016, AND THE NUM­BER CROSSED 4 LAKH IN 2017, HE SAYS

TARNTARAN: Pun­jab chief min­is­ter Cap­tain Amarinder Singh on Thurs­day said the state gov­ern­ment’s bat­tle against drugs has achieved suc­cess as out-pa­tient de­part­ments (OPDS) of var­i­ous health cen­tres in the state have recorded 126% hike in num­ber of drug addicts com­ing for treat­ment.

The CM was speak­ing af­ter launch­ing the sec­ond phase of the drug abuse preven­tion of­fi­cer (DAPO) pro­gramme here.

He said as against 1.82 lakh addicts who re­ported at var­i­ous OPDS for treat­ment in 2016, the num­ber had gone up to 4.12 lakh in 2017, the year Congress came to power in the state.

He also said that 5,107 addicts were be­ing treated at gov­ern­ment re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres in the state and an­other 7,667 in pri­vate hos­pi­tals.

Ob­serv­ing that the poor re­sults of Pun­jab School Ed­u­ca­tion Board (PSEB) was one of the fac­tors con­tribut­ing to frus­tra­tion among youth, thereby driv­ing them to­wards neg­a­tive in­flu­ences such as drugs, the CM stressed the need to im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. He said his gov­ern­ment would make a pol­icy for a 5% cut in the bud­get of all other de­part­ments to raise ad­di­tional rev­enue for en­hanc­ing the stan­dards of ed­u­ca­tion.

He said that of the 4.8 lakh DAPOS regis­tered in the state so far, 26,000 were from Tarn Taran.

On the oc­ca­sion, the CM also ded­i­cated to the peo­ple of Pun­jab Nasha Roku Ni­gram Com­mit­tees, be­sides launch­ing the Buddy Pro­gramme and OOAT (Out­pa­tient Opi­oid As­sisted Treat­ment) cen­tres at 60 sub-di­vi­sions of the state.

The Buddy Pro­gramme, launched in schools for coun­selling against drugs, will cover all stu­dents from Class 6 on­wards, start­ing with Class 9 in the first phase.

Mean­while, Amarinder also an­nounced a slew of de­vel­op­ment projects worth around Rs 555 crore for the border dis­trict of Tarn Taran. He said Rs 360.25 crore would be spent on im­prov­ing road net­work in the dis­trict.

Health min­is­ter Brahm Mo­hin­dra, ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter OP Soni and Am­rit­sar MP Gur­jit Singh Au­jla were among oth­ers present on the oc­ca­sion.

SHWAIT MA­LIK CONTESTS CLAIM

Mean­while, Pun­jab BJP chief Shwait Ma­lik dared the CM to prove the suc­cess of the first phase of DAPO pro­gramme launched in March.

He said the sec­ond phase of the pro­gramme has been launched just to be­fool the in­no­cent peo­ple of the state even as its first phase has failed to yield any fruit­ful re­sult. The drug trade is still ram­pant in the state, he al­leged.

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