Drug dependents caught with little seizure to get rehab chance in Moga
Kranti Kala Manch presents Nukkad Natak highlighting adverse effects of drug menace
MOGA, June 26,2019: In another initiative to carve out a drug-free district, the Moga police in cooperation with Civil Administration to offer a chance to drug dependents for undergoing rehabilitation treatment at government running de-addiction centre and if the latter could reform themselves in the stipulated time period, the first information report (FIR) against them would be quashed.
The announcement was made during the district-level function organised by the district administration in collaboration with Aggarwal Samaj Sabha to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at ISF College Ghal Kalan here on Wednesday.
Inaugurating the function, Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans called for joint efforts of district administration, police, health and public to wipe out the drug menace from the district. “We need to link all the departments that they could chalk out a multi-dimensional plan to make a drugs free society,” he said.
Divulging the details about offering an opportunity to drug dependents for undergoing rehabilitation, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Moga Amarjit Singh Bajwa said that only few know about the provision under sections 39 (Power of court to release certain offenders on probation) and 64-A (Immunity from prosecution to addicts volunteering for treatment) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) act which allows people caught with small quantity of drugs meant for personal consumption, to opt for de-addiction treatment in government approved centre instead of imprisonment or prosecution.
“If any drug dependent but not a peddler, responsibly gave us undertaking to get rid of drugs and reformed himself after completing the course of de-addiction, the FIR would be quashed,” SSP said.
During the event, where motivational speakers including psychiatrist Dr Sumesh Khanna delivered a motivational speech on the other side Reformed Drug Dependents had delivered tales of their struggle to get rid of this menace. Theatre artists from Kranti Kala Manch Moga also presented a play (Nukkad Natak) highlighting the adverse effects of the drug menace.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans led hundreds of volunteers to take a solemn pledge for further wiping out the curse of drugs from the Moga district.
On the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC General) Anita Darshi, ADC Development Rajinder Batra, Assistant Commissioner (General) Lal Vishwas Bains, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Moga Gurwinder Singh Johal (Moga) and Chairman ISF College Parveen Garg among the other prominent persons were present.