Rs 174 crore to be spent on prevention of Cancer and Drug De -Addiction : Bram Mohindra

November 10, 2017 06:21 PM

Rights of the children must be protected at all costs
Punjab News Express/Jagmohan Singh
AMRITSAR : “Right from the first day the Congress Government assumed office in Punjab concerted efforts were being made to knock out the scourge of drug abuse from the state. A dedicated Special Task Force was constituted for this purpose and the Drug Supply Chain was broken”, said Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra.

He was addressing the gathering at a seminar organized by Punjab State Children Welfare Commission at auditorium of Government Medical College. The Seminar was organized in joint collaboration with the Education, Police, Health, Panchayat and Social Security and Women and Child Development Department.

The Health Minister said that the Punjab witnessed an ugly phase during the 10 years term of the previous SAD-BJP Government. He said that it was the resolve of the Congress party to save the Punjab from the menace of Drug abuse and the Congress Government has achieved major breakthrough in breaking the drug supply chain in the state.

Speaking on the rights of the children, the minister said that it is our prime duty to protect the constitutional rights of the children. He said that it is matter of great concern that the negative trend of drug use among the children is on the rise. He said that parent must be well aware of the psychological, physical and social disorders/problems the children are suffering from, so as to check the rise of drug use among them. Lambasting the previous state government, Brahm Mohindra said that SAD-BJP combine slapped NDPC, Act upon the children for drug use and put them behind bars which proved to be counterproductive in every respect.

The Health Minister said that the Congress Government has earmarked Rs.174 crore for the prevention of cancer and for drug de addiction. He said that 57 new Drug De addiction centers are being opened in the state on the PGI modal. He said that Punjab is the first state which has registered case under section 77 of Juvenile Justice Act. He said that under this provision any person who sells drugs to the children may get 7 years sentence besides a fine of Rs. 1 lakh.

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