CHANDIGARH-Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh has asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal to treat the issue of drug addiction with the seriousness it deserved and not trivialise it.

“Better behave and act responsibly and don’t make a joke of such a serious problem. Running away from the problem and denying it does not make the problem vanish,” he said.

The PCC president pointed out that it was the Punjab Government that had in an affidavit said that 70 per cent of the youth in Punjab were affected by drugs. By criticising Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi who had referred to these figures, the government was contradicting its own stand, he said. Criticising Badal for blaming the BSF for the influx of drugs into the state, Amarinder asked the Chief Ministers to what steps he had initiated to check the domestic drug industry.

“Instead of taking the issue seriously, the father-son duo, joined by others like Bikram Majithia (Revenue Minister) are repeatedly skirting the issue and putting the blame on others,” he said.
In a separate statement, Anandpur Sahib Member of Parliament Ravneet Bittu said there had been a decline in the number of Punjab youths joining the armed forces and drug addiction was much to blame for this.

Bittu said at a recent recruitment rally in Ferozepur, only 1,619 of the 30,000 youths could pass the physical test for joining the armed forces.

During similar recruitment rallies in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot, only 2,982 youths out of 40,000 could clear the physical test, Bittu claimed.