Jalandhar, Jul 1 : Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Monday asked all Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) to implement the Drug Abuse Prevention Officer (DAPO) programme in letter and spirit, to make Jalandhar a drug-free district.Chairing a meeting with the Additional Deputy Commissioners and SDMs at the District Administrative Complex, the Deputy Commissioner said that the state government, led by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, is committed to wiping out the drug menace completely from Punjab.
Directing the SDMs to make a calendar of daily activities regarding the anti-drug campaign, Mr Sharma told them to work with full zeal and enthusiasm in this cause, by involving them personally in the activities, being carried out under the DAPO programme. He said that SDMs must interact with the people during their visits, to persuade drug dependents for the treatment in drug de-addiction and Oat centres.
He asked them to hold a meeting with master trainers, cluster heads, Nasha Roko Nigran Committees and DAPO volunteers, who were assigned the task of creating awareness against drug abuse, identification of users, high-risk people and affected areas, besides sarpanches and Municipal Councillors, for result-oriented functioning of the programme.
He said the drug dependents are not criminals and must be treated as victims and they are needed to be brought into the mainstream through this initiative, for which the SDMs could play a key role.Mr Sharma said massive efforts have already been made, to cut the supply line of drugs. He categorically said that any sort of callousness in implementation of these activities, was undesirable and unwarranted.
The Deputy Commissioner also said that he would regularly monitor the progress of DAPO programme and told the SDMs to submit daily report of activities to him, so that effective supervision can be made. (UNI)