CS reviews strategy for tackling drug abuse in JK

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SRINAGAR: Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam on Saturday called for urgently constituting a broad-based departmental panel along with representatives of some NGOs to formulate draft De-addiction Policy outlining comprehensive mechanism/measures to deal with the menace of drug abuse in the State in an efficacious manner.
Subrahmanyam passed these directions at a high-level meeting convened at the Civil Secretariat here this afternoon to review the follow-up action taken by the state government on the directions of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
Principal Secretary Finance Navin K Choudhary, Principal Secretary Heath & Medical Education Dr Pawan Kotwal, Secretary Law Abdul Majid Bhat, Principal Government Medical College Srinagar Dr Samia Rashid and Project Director AIDS Control Society J&K Dr Mushtaq Ahmad attended the meeting.
Subrahmanyam said the Health & Medical Education Department shall be the Nodal Department for framing the draft De-addiction Policy for J&K and in this regard appropriate amendments will be processed by the GAD in the Jammu and Kashmir Government Business Rules.
The Committee to be constituted for formulating the draft De-addiction Policy shall comprise members from the Health & Medical Education, Home, Social Welfare, Education, Youth Services & Sports, Information, Skill Development, Rural Development and other concerned Departments. It shall also have members from the two Medical Colleges and representatives of NGO’s in the State. The Committee can co-opt any other Member/expert as may be required.
The Committee shall study the policies in vogue in various states of the country and come up with a draft policy which helps to deal with this malady in an effective manner. The Committee shall finalize the Draft De-addiction Policy by 15thOctober 2018 for further deliberations.
Chief Secretary directed the Health & Medical Education Department to immediately allocate Rs 50,000 each for Jammu and Srinagar Medical Colleges for undertaking an extensive study on the extent of drug abuse and its impact in the State. The study shall be completed in eight weeks that a report alongwith appropriate recommendations submitted to the Health and Medical Education Department.