Chandigarh, July 11
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced free treatment for poor drug addicts at all state-run de-addiction centres. He also ordered the police not to question the antecedents of addicts admitted for treatment or question their families in any way.
Such measures were discouraging addicts from approaching de-addiction centres. The Additional Chief Secretary (Home) has been asked to issue strict orders against the entry of police officials to de-addiction centres.
Chairing a high-level meeting of civil surgeons, medical superintendents and principals of government medical colleges, the CM directed Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar to ensure that funds for free treatment were immediately placed at the disposal of the DCs concerned.
Apart from seeking funds from the CM’s Relief Fund, the Health Department has been asked to explore the possibility of seeking financial aid from reputed national and international health organisations, besides engaging with NGOs already working to fight drug abuse.
Capt Amarinder said he would take up the issue with the Prime Minister and urge him to intensify efforts to prevent the entry of drugs and narcotics into Punjab from the adjoining states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and J&K.