Itanagar: State Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar on Monday called upon law enforcing agencies to understand the magnitude of the drug menace in the State and use its machineries to control and eradicate the social menace.
Chairing the second meeting of the multi-disciplinary coordination committee for control and coordination of narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances in his office, Kumar directed the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to undertake robust measures to check and prevent the increasing drug menace in their respective districts.
He suggested developing of an intensive IEC campaign in schools and colleges involving NGOs and community-based organisations to sensitize the young generations about the ill effects of drugs and its use.
The Chief Secretary suggested the Tax, Excise and Narcotics departments to tie up with mobile phone service providers and FM radio channels to send and telecast messages in local dialects about the ill effect of drugs, an official communique informed.
“Incorporate ‘No Drug’ campaigns in your districts with well known cultural personalities as brand ambassadors,” the Chief Secretary asked the DCs and SPs.
He also directed the DCs and SPs to undertake extensive and detailed survey of their respective districts and destroy illicit and illegal opium cultivation in presence of Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) representatives.
The Chief Secretary asked them to constitute anti-drugs squads like the Circle Level Task Force in their respective districts at the earliest to check the growing menace.
The meeting was attended by IGPs Ravindra Singh Yadav and Sagar Preet Hooda, Zonal Director of NCB Rakesh Chandra Shukla and Tax, Excise and Narcotics secretary Anirudh S Singh.