With admission charges of Drug Rehabilitation centres slashed, Punjab sets an example!

With admission charges of Drug Rehabilitation centres slashed, Punjab sets an example!Cutting down the Drug Rehabilitation centre admission charge to just Rs. 50 per day Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sets out a message to cross border drug supplying gangs that the government is ready to battle the drugs and protect its subjects.

Punjab is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, with its growing economy the state has been a major contributor to Indian economy. As it is said though, every coin has two sides the wealthy and prosperous side on Punjab is one and the other is fallen Prey to drug abuse side of Punjab. The drug problem in the state is so large that according to BBC reports 70% of Punjabi youth between the ages of 15 to 25 is addicted to some or the other drug.

Taking note of the serious and growing problem of drug abuse the state did set up Drug Rehabilitation centres that are for helping those who have fallen into the pit of drugs but wish to get out clean. Further the great move by the Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP led alliance government has come in the recent days, when the prices of admission to drug rehab centres were slashed.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, took this decision while presiding over the third meeting of the state Drug De-Addiction and rehabilitation Board. Earlier the prices used to be at a staggering Rs. 200 per day, these have now been slashed down to just Rs. 50 per day. This is for the state owned drug rehab centres.

The decision as told by the Chief Minister is to maximise the number of beneficiaries from the rehabilitation centres. State owned Drug Rehabilitation centres have been set up by the government to ensure that those who wish to be taken out of the dens of drug abuse be made available an effective treatment and that too at a price easy to pay by any man.

The decision was taken by the Chief Minister on April 13 of this year. He also directed the Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), ADGP (jails), and Director State Narcotics Control Bureau to examine the Central jails and look at criminals who have been arrested under the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic substances (NDPS) act and submit a report within a month.

There are currently four fully operational Drug de-addiction centres namely in Bathinda, Faridkot, Jalandhar and Amritsar. Another one of these centres is being made functional in Patiala.

A major reason for Punjab falling into the hands of drugs has been its location, close to Pakistan Border. Afghanistan has been established as a great producer of drugs like heroine which are produced there and then through ways transported to Pakistan from where the very efficient and knowledgeable drug suppliers slip these into India.

73% of the rural youth of Punjab is addicted to drugs, as shown by a report in Guru Nanak Dev University. 65% of families in the Majha and Doaba region of Punjab have at least on Drug addict in their families.

In the wake of such events the cutting down of admission costs by the Government sure gives a message out that the state government is ready to fight the Drug problem.

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