HC orders govt to revisit drug de-addiction policy

HC orders govt to revisit drug de-addiction policy

Asks chief secretary to meet with NGOs, take cue from different Indian states

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Saturday directed the government to revisit the phenomenon of drug addiction, treatment and control of drugs entering the state in a comprehensive manner, keeping in mind the new methods adopted globally.
The court observed that it was the duty of the government to check the menace of drug addiction and thus eradicate the root cause of various problems.
“The issue related to the drug addiction, which impacts the citizens of the state, will have to be considered on the special platform, keeping in light the matter adopted by other states in so far as the establishment of drug de-addiction centres, as for rehabilitation of the victims is concerned,” a division bench of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice M.K. Hanjura said in its order.
During a hearing on the a PIL on drug addiction, the petitioner’s counsel, Javed Iqbal, pointed out that drug addiction in Kashmir valley has resulted in a very grim situation for want of proper facilities like de-addiction centres and other treatment services as per the needs pointed out by research and legal provisions.
After hearing the counsel, the division bench directed J&K’s chief secretary to meet with the NGOs working in the rehabilitation of addicts.
“The effectiveness of the de-addiction centres is a concern so the chief secretary will have the meeting of the NGOs so that the issue relating to the drug addiction which impacts the citizens of the state will have to be considered on the special platform keeping in light the matter adopted by other states,” the division bench ordered.
State counsel, B A Dar, submitted that serious steps were being taken on these issue and assured that rehabilitation centres were already in place in Jammu and Srinagar to tackle with the menace of drug abuse.
Court observed that in so far as the establishment of drug de-addiction center and for rehabilitation of the victims is concerned, the experience gathered from other states and also from various international forums dealing with drug addiction, it was the duty of the government to revisit the social malady.