CS underscores stringent measures against drug cultivation

Jammu: Chief Secretary BR Sharma onTuesday chaired the 9th meeting of the State Level Apex Committee (SLAC) for prevention of drug trafficking and its cultivation in the State. Financial Commissioner, agriculture production department, Promod Kumar Jain and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
The Apex Committee reviewed the progress in respect of steps being taken to eradicate the menace of poppy/bhang cultivation from the entire state especially the endemic districts of south Kashmir– Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama and districts of Bandipora and Kupwara.
The Apex Committee instructed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir/Jammu to immediately launch a fresh survey as to the extent of land under poppy/bhang cultivation and accordingly update.
The Committee held detailed deliberations regarding the need for inter-departmental coordination to effectively deal with drug trafficking and its cultivation. “It has to be an inter-departmental effort involving all stake holders including revenue, agriculture, excise, police, social welfare, health & education departments as well as the district administration and media to effectively tackle the menace and root it out completely from the State,” Sharma observed and said that strict action against those found involved in its cultivation is needed.