In order to curb drug abuse in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government has warned people against cultivating hemp and other narcotic plants in their fields and strict action would be taken against anyone found involved in doing so.
Special squads comprising officials of revenue, police and excise departments would be formed within a week’s time to check the cultivation of hemp, cannabis and other plants from which narcotics can be prepared to eradicate the menace of drug abuse, the spokesman said after a meeting chaired by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Basharat Ahmad Dhar.
Any one found involved in the activity would be sentenced to 10 years of rigourous imprisonment, he said.
The squads will also be charged with responsibility of destroying the existing crops of hemp and cannabis, he said.
The role of NGOs, preachers and social activists in curbing this social evil was highlighted in the meeting and parents were asked to take appropriate measures to keep off their wards from the use of drugs, he said.
It was also decided to organise awareness camps in the valley to make people aware about the ill effects of drugs, the spokesman said.
The meeting deliberated on steps to be taken to curb the use of medicines as drugs by the youth.
The health department would formulate a list of intoxicant drugs and all the chemists operating in valley would maintain a sale register so that the persons found involved in purchase of intoxicants can easily be booked under relevant laws, he said.