Srinagar, Oct 2: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam Tuesday urged the civil and police administration of the State to adopt a more humanitarian approach while dealing with patients of substance abuse.
“Victims of substance abuse should be treated as patients who need care and not as offenders or culprits. We have to reach out to them by adopting a humanitarian approach and counseling them in order to eradicate the menace of substance abuse. The victims should be rehabilitated properly and returned to the society without scars of past,” he said.
The Chief Secretary was speaking at a function organised by SKIMS Medical College Bemina to commemorate the National Anti-Drug Addiction Day.
The function was also attended by Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo and Advisor, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GoI, GhazalaMeenai among other officers.
Dulloo said the substance abuse is a multi-dimensional phenomenon with social, legal, economic and medical ramification, “It needs serious attention. The state will soon have a drug de-addiction policy which will focus on three things: prevention by awareness, integration and strengthening of facilities of drug de-addiction and community rehabilitation,” he said.
Subrahmanyam stressed the civil and police administration to create awareness among the masses about the harmful effects of substance abuse. He called for strict and coordinated action against the people involved in selling banned drugs to youngsters.
“Drug industry fuels a whole criminal class which can destroy the foundations of a civilised society. We are witnessing lots of cases in J&K where consignments of banned drugs are seized,” he said.
The Chief Secretary said the state of Jammu and Kashmir is doing reasonably well in terms of economic condition of the society, “No one sleeps with empty stomach in Kashmir but people, especially youngsters, get trapped due to apparent lack of growth and avenues in this low-prosperity stage and that is when they can fall for drugs,” he said.
Complimenting the management and the staff of SKIMS Bemina, the Chief Secretary said he will back the decisions taken by the SKIMS’s Governing Body and the Government will go out of way to support developmental works at the institute.
The function was also attended by Former Director and Member Governing Body, SKIMS, Prof Mohammad Sultan Khuroo, Director Youth Service and Sports, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, Director SKIMS, Prof Omar Javed Shah, Principal SKIMS Medical College, Prof Reyaz Ahmed Untoo, IG Crime, Afhad-ul-Mujtaba, psychiatry specialists from AIIMS New Delhi and PGIMER Chandigarh, and other officers.
Mehbooba red-flags ‘arming residents’ in Chenab valley
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday flayed Centre and state governments for their plans to “arm civilians” in sensitive Chenab Valley saying that such attempt will set a dangerous trend.
“Reports about administration trying to arm civilians under the garb of creating Village Defence Committees in Chenab Valley are disturbing and alarming especially at the time when the government has to be inclusive to avoid further alienation of youth across the state,” Mehbooba said in a statement.
She said that similar experiments of “arming civilians” under anti-militancy grid in 90s led to “complete chaos.”
“The wounds inflicted upon the general masses due to such move are still fresh.
“In communally sensitive areas like Chenab Valley the plans are fraught with only dangerous consequences,” she said.
Mehbooba added that the union government recently had planned to wind-up all such defence committees.
“… but suddenly, they are taking a U-Turn. Not only such committees are being strengthened but even fresh arms being were issued, that too to the people with a particular political ideology,” she said.
The PDP president condemned the registration of a “false and frivolous” FIR against the party leaders including its former legislator and senior leader Firdous Tak and Youth District President Kishtwar Wasil Doolwal for seeking immediate roll back of such plans.
“The party leaders have represented the sentiments and aspirations of the people but it seems that the local administration was working under pressure from a particular political organisation. The registration of the case only speaks about the sorry state of affairs in Chenab Valley. The registration of the case seems to be a step taken under political compulsions and it should be rectified,” she said, while demanding immediate withdrawal of the case.
Monitor News Bureau
Srinagar, Jul 20: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Saturday dissolved the party’s top decision-making Political Affairs Committee (PAC).
The move comes less than a week ahead of the PDP’s 20th foundation day anniversary scheduled to be observed on July28.
“Mehbooba Mufti has dissolved the PAC and a new body will be reconstituted in near future,” a PDP spokesman said.
While no reasons were assigned for the sudden decision of the PDP president, sources in the party said it was done in the wake of number of senior party leaders including several MLAs and former ministers quitting the party.
Those who have left the PDP include Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Altaf Bukhari, Haseeb Drabu, Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari and Abbas Wani (all former MLAs).
Cop turned drug peddler arrested
Srinagar, Jul 20: J&K Police Saturday arrested a drug peddler in Srinagar who turned out to be a cop.
A spokesperson said that Srinagar police intercepted and arrested one drug peddler at a checkpoint near Batamaloo.
The peddler, as per the police spokesperson, was identified as Mohammad Altaf Rather son of Akbar Rather resident of Panzan Chadoora.
“It is learnt that the arrested person works in Police department as Head Constable and has been accordingly placed under suspension,” the spokesperson said, adding the police seized 650 gms of charas and cash amount Rs 19,150 from his possession.
Accordingly case FIR No. 64/2019 under relevant sections of law was registered in the matter.
“He was shifted to Police Station Batamaloo where he remains in custody. One motor cycle bearing registration number JK01S-2152 also has been seized,” the spokesperson said.
The police requested people to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers in their neighbourhood.
Drugs trap to spoil Kashmiri youth: Farooq
Srinagar, Jul 20: Member of Parliament and National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah asked the youth of J&K to stay away from rising drug menace.
“The rising drug menace in Kashmir is a trap used to spoil the future of Kashmiri youth. I urge youth to stay away from it,” Farooq said while addressing a convention of NC workers at Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Farooq added that “if the special status of Jammu and Kashmir will be removed, all the presidential laws will come to an end by itself.”
Member of Parliament Hasnain Masoodi, Member of Parliament M Akber Lone, General Secretary Ali M Sagar, former MLA Handwara Choudhary M Ramzan, provincial president Nasir Alsam Wani and Sharif-ud-din Sharik were present on the occasion.