Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday declared an all-out war against drug abuse and directed the police and excise officials to eradicate illegal cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana in the State with an iron hand. He instructed the police officials to set up a special cell led by an officer of the rank of Director General of Police to increase surveillance.

“Border check-posts should be set up and flying squads should be pressed into service. A separate division in the Intelligence Wing should be created to strengthen the information network,” the Chief Minister said, addressing a high-level meeting of police and excise officials at Pragathi Bhavan.

With reports of increasing use of ganja, there is an urgent need to declare an all-out war against drug abuse, Chandrashekhar Rao said and observed that before the situation goes out of hands and turns serious, one should act against the menace. He asked police officials to chalk out a comprehensive action plan to eradicate ganja cultivation in the State. 

“If we fail in containing this menace, all the development and welfare activities taken up by the government would prove to be futile,” he said.
The Chief Minister instructed Excise Commissioner Sarfaraz Ahmed to strengthen the Enforcement Wing and flying squads, and suggested special surveillance at educational institutions as well as increasing the number of check-posts along the State borders, strengthening communication and information network apart from providing the required vehicles.

He wanted the State Intelligence Department to form a special wing exclusively to deal with the drug menace and said officials who get good results in eradicating ganja would be considered for cash awards, rewards and special promotions.

“Telangana police are regarded as the best police in the country. Keep it up. Study the places in the country where marijuana trafficking is being controlled effectively. Cases of illicit liquor and gambling clubs are also being reported in the State. Stringent measures should be taken to ensure that these maladies do not surface again. 

We have earned a name in the development and welfare sectors in the country. The Police and Excise Department should work in coordination and enhance the State’s prestige by totally eradicating this drug menace and make Telangana a drug-free State,” the Chief Minister asserted, adding that based on the discussions with the top officials, he would convene another meeting soon to chalk out a strategy to combat the menace.

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