Trend Of Substance Abuse In J&K Worrisome: LG

Jammu- Asserting that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir have immense potential and are achieving great heights in various fields, the Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Saturday accused the neighbouring country of hatching a conspiracy to push the youth into darkness through drugs.

“We are witnessing a worrisome trend of substance abuse. Our aim is to wean away youngsters from addiction and bring them into the mainstream of the society,” Sinha said, as per an official spokesperson.

The LG made these remarks after laying the foundation stone for a drug de-addiction centre here on Saturday.

The centre, Sinha said, will act as an integrated centre where addicts will be treated, counseled, enabled to learn new productive skills, and rehabilitated with utmost care and affection.

“Youth of J&K have immense potential and are achieving great heights in various fields. A conspiracy is being hatched from across the border to push our youth into darkness through drugs,” the LG said, according to the spokesperson.

“J&K Government has intensified its efforts to fight narco-terrorism unleashed by neighbouring country,” he added.

The LG, according to the spokesperson, said that his administration has identified some high-risk districts which are being provided special attention to enhance community participation, public cooperation, and youth-led awareness campaign to counter the menace of drug abuse.

Sinha, he said, lauded the security forces, J&K Police, Anti-Narcotics Task Force, Government departments and volunteers for working with commitment and determination to eliminate drug addiction from society.

“I urge the stakeholders, youth, educational institutions and NGOs to work as a team. We should be able to transform the drug de-addiction efforts of various stakeholders into a Jan-Andolan,” he said.

According to the spokesperson, the LG suggested the involvement of youth clubs and women in campaigns to supplement the efforts against drug abuse.

Dilbag Singh, DGP J&K, while speaking on the occasion, said that the drug de-addiction centre will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 4.27 cr under Jammu Smart City through J&K Police, which will play a greater role in rehabilitation of drug addicts in the region.

“Every year, more than 6000 addicts are being treated in police Drug De-addiction centres,” Singh said, as per the spokesperson.

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