HC For Drug De-Addiction Mechanism In 6 Weeks

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SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has granted six weeks more time to the government to put in place a “comprehensive mechanism”, keeping in mind the new methods adopted globally, for drug de-addition in the state.

The directions by the division bench of Justices Ali Mohammad Magrey and Tashi Rabstan followed after hearing advocate general DC Raina and perusal of a report by the Registrar Judicial. While Registrar Judicial informed the court that Chief Secretary has not reported the compliance of the directions passed by the court, Advocate General stated that some more may be granted to the state. “At the request of advocate general six weeks more time is granted to respondents to file the compliance report,” the court said and directed its registry to re-notify the case on September 11. 

On previous hearing, the court had observed that it was the duty of the government to check the menace of drug addiction and thus eradicate the root cause of various problems.

“The issue related to the drug addiction, which impacts the citizens of the state, will have to be considered on the special platform, keeping in light the matter adopted by other states in so far as the establishment of drug de-addiction centres, as for rehabilitation of the victims is concerned,” the court had said in its order.

 “The effectiveness of the de-addiction centres is a concern so the chief secretary will have the meeting of the NGOs so that the issue relating to the drug addiction which impacts the citizens of the state will have to be considered on the special platform keeping in light the matter adopted by other states,” the division bench had ordered.

Court had observed that as far as the establishment of drug de-addiction center and for rehabilitation of the victims was concerned, the experience gathered from other states and also from various international forums dealing with drug addiction needs to be revisited  and provide a more comprehensive mechanism. 

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