HC seeks compliance report on drug de-addiction centres

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, July 30: The High Court has sought compliance from the Government regarding establishment of drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres in the State and holding regular meetings with concerned departments to address the menace.
Division Bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Tashi Rabstan directed the Government to submit the compliance in respect of Court directions on revisiting the drug policy in the State.
Advocate General stated before the Bench that some more time may be granted in favour of the State to submit the compliance with respect to the directions passed by this court.
Registrar Judicial informed the Court that the Chief Secretary of the State has not reported the compliance of the Court directions. “At request of the Advocate General, six weeks further time is granted to the respondents to file the compliance”, the DB directed.
As to the effectiveness of de-addiction centers is concerned it required regular monitoring and as such CS has been directed to hold regular meetings with the concerned departments and NGSs so that the issue relating to drug de-addiction and the impact on the citizens across the State is addressed.
The Government was directed to deliberate on the methods adopted by the other States for establishment of de-addiction and rehabilitation centers. “It is desirable and advantageous if the Government of J&K will revisit the Drug De-addiction Policy in the State and provide a more comprehensive mechanism to address this malady”, read the order.
It may be mentioned that the Special Director General of Police, J&K, addressed a letter to the Joint Secretary (J&K Affairs) Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, New Delhi which the Court has taken note of, submitting therein that the Jammu and Kashmir Police under Civic Action Programme is receiving funds to the tune of Rs 500.00 lakhs annually.
These funds are being received and utilized for honorarium for two drug de-addiction centres at Jammu and Srinagar, sports activities to involve and engage youth of the State), assistance to school going poor children, police public meets etc.
“It is proposed to establish 23 new drug de-addiction Centres among all the remaining districts of the State for which an amount of Rs 656.19 lakh, Rs 28.53 lakh for each DDC) will be involved.
Therefore, it is requested to release an amount of Rs1156.19 lakh under CAP for the year 2018-19. This issues with the approval of the DG Police, J&K”, read the communication of Special DGP.