Centre mulling strategy for drug problem in Punjab, J&K: Shah

Centre mulling strategy for drug problem in Punjab, J&K: Shah

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New Delhi, Jun 27 : The Centre is mulling a detailed strategy to tackle the drug menace in both Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah informed Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh through telephonic conversation on Thursday.

Thanking Mr Shah for the central government’s support for Punjab’s anti-drugs campaign, the Chief Minister sought attachment of additional Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officers with Punjab, along with deputation of an IG level officer permanently at Chandigarh along with DIG in Amritsar.

The Chief Minister urged Shah to press upon Pakistan the need to construct an overbridge over Rabi to facilitate devotees from travelling through the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor in all seasons, without obstruction. The link over Rabi has been stuck over Pakistan’s adamant insistence on building a causeway over the creek between the bridges being constructed by the two countries on their respective side.

Capt Amarinder also pointed out that a causeway as proposed by Islamabad would get flooded in the monsoon season, thus obstructing passage through the historic Corridor.In response to a request from the Chief Minister, Mr Shah agreed on exchange of three companies of central forces with India Reserve Battalion for the high-security jail in Punjab.

He also stressed the need for modernization of the state police, and urged the Home Minister to provide funds under the Modernisation of Police Force(MPF) scheme. "Punjab may be categorized as a Category-A State for financial assistance on 90:10 Centre-State sharing basis, on the pattern of Jammu and Kashmir and eight North-eastern States under the MPF Scheme", he suggested.

The Chief Minister also called for the establishment of an NSG hub at Pathankot, in addition to provision for SP Operations from Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) for 12 districts of the state.He pointed out that being a border state, Punjab is vulnerable to attacks and intrusions, and thus, needed to be treated as a sensitive state from the perspective of national security. (UNI)