SRINAGAR: Chief Secretary, B.V.R. Subrahmanyam today chaired a State Level Apex Committee (SLAC) meeting on control and regulation of operations with regard to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substance.
The meeting was also attended by Financial Commissioner Finance, AK Mehta, Commissioner Excise, M Raju, Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Manzoor Ahmad Lone, Secretary Rural Development Department, Sheetal Nanda, Secretary Higher Education, Talat Pervez, Director Information and Public Relations, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, representatives of police and health and other concerned officers.
The Chief Secretary directed the Excise Department to prepare a composite proposal at the earliest for drug de-addiction and control of narcotics. He asked the Department to get one expert each from police, health and other concerned departments during the proposal formulation with more focus on counseling and awareness.
The meeting was informed that two drug de-addiction centres are operating in J&K to rehabilitate the victims of substance abuse. The meeting was also informed that the Excise Department shall come up with several proposals focusing on campaigns, programmes and purchase of machines and equipments besides identification of people who are affected with drugs.
The Chief Secretary stressed upon the prevention and curability aspects of drug de-addiction so that J&K youth would remain aloof from the consumption of narcotic substances.