CM Badal’s statement on Drugs in Punjab

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said the magnitude of the state’s drug problem had been exaggerated and it was, in fact, much lower than many other states in the country.
Speaking on the sidelines of a ‘sangat darshan’ programme in Lopoke village of Amritsar, Badal said the opposition was defaming hard working Punjabis by raking up the issue. “Anti-Punjab forces are bent upon branding Punjabis as drug addicts just to present a wrong picture of the state before the country. Punjab has always been India’s sword arm and food bowl,” he said.
The CM claimed that the state government had already tightened the noose around drug peddlers by upping police vigil and had also opened a network of drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres. On the arrest of three youths in connection with the June 24 desecration of the Quran in Malerkotla, Badal said quick action in the case had proved that the state government was committed to keeping harmony in Punjab.

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