Srinagar: The J&K High Court has granted six weeks to the J&K Chief Secretary to file a compliance report on the state’s drug de-addiction centres.
The division bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Tashi Rabstan passed direction after Additional Advocate General D C Raina requested court to grant some more time for filing the compliance report.
“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 remarked. The court on a previous hearing had 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 new methods adopted globally.
The court had 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 for rehabilitation of the victims is concerned,” the court had said.
The litigation points out that drug addiction in the 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.
The court had also observed that in so far as the establishment of drug de-addiction centres for the victims’ rehabilitation is concerned, and in view of 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.