Drug Abuse Bigger Challenge Than Militancy: DGP

DGP Dilbagh Singh | File Photo

Jammu- The Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh said on Saturday that drug abuse is a bigger challenge than militancy in the Union Territory as it not only provides oxygen to the militancy but also targets the younger generation.

Singh made these remarks during the stone laying foundation of Police drug-de-addiction at Channi Himmat, here, by the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday, a police spokesperson said. Singh, he said, expressed his happiness over the creation of much needed facility here.

“He said that drug abuse is a bigger challenge than terrorism in J&K as it not only provides oxygen to the terrorism by means of funding terrorist networks but also targets our younger generation,” the spokesperson said.

Singh, he said, also stated that militancy targets civilians and security forces individually but the drugs target the society as a whole and takes people particularly youth on the path of destruction.

According to the spokesperson, the DGP said that Police was putting massive efforts against drug trade and has seized huge quantity of drugs and huge amount of narco trade-cash.

“He said that the menace has increased during past few years and JK Police besides its intensified war on drugs is putting best of the efforts to aware the people about the magnitude of the problem to fight the menace collectively,” he added.

The DGP, as per the spokesperson said that 10 drug de-addictions centres including two major centres one each in Jammu and Srinagar are being run by J&K Police to curb the alarming rise of drug addiction.

Singh, he said, also stated that a well equipped drug de-addiction centre has been constructed in Srinagar recently and is functional at present.

“He informed that more than 6000 affected persons are being treated at police drug de-addiction centres during a year. We have qualified doctors, counsellors and staff posted at these centre,” the DGP said.

Singh, according to the spokesperson said that police was shouldering this responsibility under JKP’s Civic Action Programme and added that now with assistance from the local administration and the civil society we would be able fight the menace more effectively and help the affected population.

He said that the proposed double story centre will be built by the Police Construction Division, J&K and is expected to be completed in a years’ period.

The total area of the centre would be of 11232 Sq ft and will have two wards, emergency room, doctor’s cabins, counseling rooms, reception centre/ waiting halls, doctor’s lounge with pantry, rest rooms for nursing, a store, administrative officer’s room and necessary facilities for the patients and staff.

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