Badal for sealing borders to check drug trafficking

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Chandigarh, Nov 28 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today directed the civil and police district heads to launch a massive drive against the menace of drug addiction by sealing all the borders to prevent drug trafficking in the state.

Showing deep concern over the steep rise in drug addiction all over the state in rural and urban areas, he asked the district police chiefs to take stern action against the drug traffickers and emphasised the need to evolve a multi-pronged strategy in tandem with the civil administration.

He also asked the senior district officials to set two days of the a week exclusively for interacting with and redressing grievances of the people in their respective areas.

Addressing separate meetings of the Deputy Commissioners and the Senior Superintendents of Police (SSP) here, Mr Badal said that officers would communicate the days reserved for this purpose to the state headquarter and ''their presence on these days in their offices would be closely monitored''.

He said that all other administrative work, including meeting with senior officials and political leaders should be re-scheduled and restructured so that the people get an easy access to the district chiefs on the given days.

He asked the Deputy Commissioners to spare Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week for public interaction. ''For transparent and responsive administration, it is imperative that officers are available to the people regularly and easily'', he said.

Earlier addressing the Deputy Commissioners, Mr Badal asked them to regularly undertake tours to the rural areas to bring awareness about the importance of safe drinking water and seek the mandatory contribution of 10 per cent from the people for the World Bank project on safe drinking water and sanitation.

He said that deadly waterborne diseases had created havoc especially in the Malwa belt and the residents of these areas were needed to be sensitised in this regard.

In another significant move that could result in availability of 300 to 400 MWs of additional power in Punjab, Mr Badal directed the deputy commissioners to replace traditional incandescent lamps with the energy saving Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) in all the government buildings and offices.

He said that the detailed instructions to all the concerned to make use of CFLs mandatory in the offices to save enormously on the consumption of electricity had already been issued by the Punjab State Electricity Board.

He also pointed out that the people should be made aware about the usage of CFLs through publicity campaign in the form of advertisements in the print and electronic media.

The also asked the Deputy Commissioners to tie up with the departments of Irrigation, PWD (B&R), Water and Sanitation for the execution of the routine development works to be undertaken under National Rural Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). He said that now this scheme was available in four districts of Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahar, Gurdaspur and Jalandhar and would be implemented in all the remaining districts on April next year .

Regarding the upgradation of infrastructure in senior secondary schools under NABARD, Mr Badal asked the Deputy Commissioners to ensure construction quality in the schools selected from each assembly constituency in their jurisdiction.


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