From Our Correspondent
SILCHAR, January 4: Silchar MLA Dilip Paul expressed his concern over the increasing rate of drugs users in Cachar district.
Speaking at a programme at Malugram Sarbodoy Pathasala here recently, Dilip Paul said that as per the private research findings, the rcotic substances worth Rs 30–35 crorers are being sold every month in Cachar district. In fact, the drugs mafia made Cachar and its adjoining areas as “safe corridor” for drugs supply. He observed that youngsters are very much addicted to a variety of rcotic drugs and psychotropic substances which find their way to these regions through an active network of drug peddlers. Paul added to say that the drugs and rcotic substances are available in different corners of the town and these are being sold under broad day light. He held the district and police administration responsible for the increase in illicit drugs selling.
Dilip Paul said that the police and district administrations are maintaining intriguing silence over the drug abuse. He alleged that preventive measures and actions on the part of the administration in this regard is non–existent as result of which anti–social activities including crimil offences are on the rise. According to him, the increasing cases of juvenile drug addicts who are in conflict with the law is also a matter of great concern for the stakeholders.
Silchar MLA at the same time decried the social guardians who prefer to maintain silence on the issue. He said that the use of drugs and consumption alcohol and other rcotic substances are making the futures of the young people dark. They are being destroyed gradually and this will have a negative repercussion in the society. He urged the people from all walks of life to come forward and raise voice against the illicit drugs and liquor selling in this part of the region. He said what begins as a habit later turns into addiction, leading to several problems affecting the victims and their family members as well.
However, at the programme, the members of the magement committee of the school informed the MLA about various problems and submitted a memorandum to him. The former ward commissioner Santanu Das, Ranjit g also spoke at the function.
On the issue of water logging, Dilip Paul blamed the Congress government for its “lackadaisical attitude” towards this part of Assam. He said that despite the release of funds for the development works, proper work is not done. He said that the State government even could not show the details of the use of Rs. 10 crores in Assam for development works which prompted the Centre to keep the sanction of funds on hold for a while unless the truth about the expenditure of earlier release is unearthed. Dilip Paul said that he had urged the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for the sanctioning of funds for the development of Silchar, but he came empty handed.