April 30, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Sunam Aman Arora has raised serious questions over the casual efforts being made by Punjab govt. to tackle the problem of drug addiction in state.
In a press statement Arora said that the state govt. is not making sincere efforts in the process of drug de-addiction and rehabilitation of the addicts. He said that the Punjab state board for de-addiction and rehabilitation was constituted by the govt. in June 2014 but nothing much has been done by the board till now.
AAP state leader said as per the reply of the health minister regarding his question in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, since the formation of Punjab state board for de-addiction and rehabilitation in 2014 only 4 meetings of the body have been done till now. “It shows the seriousness and efforts being made by the state govt. to curb the drug addiction problem in Punjab. The working of Congress govt. in this regard is similar to that of the previous SAD-BJP govt.”
The Sunam MLA said that the budget allocation and expenditure for the purpose also raises question over the working of Punjab govt. The Punjab govt. from 2013-14 to 2017-18 has allocated Rs. 326.11 Crores but only Rs. 161.17 crores were spent for that purpose that is just 49% of the total allocated budget. More than anything, the govt. in year 2017-18 has allocated just Rs. 6 crores for the purpose.
He said that since the formation of Punjab state board for de-addiction and rehabilitation, the number of govt. OPDs is decreasing with each passing year. The number of govt. OPDs in 2014 was 289366 while it came down to 189242 in years 2015 and 149409 and 108767 in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The AAP leader said that being the representative of people he has the duty to raise the issues of public concern. He asked the govt. to take necessary steps to curb the problem of drug abuse in state and also rehabilitate the youth who have came out of the clutches of drug. He also urged govt. to call the meeting of the board after every 3 months and release proper funds for the de-addiction and rehabilitation purposes.