Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi presided over a high level meeting at CMO in which former Federal Minister Moonis Elahi especially participated.CM expressed his serious concern over the increasing trend of narcotics in the educational institutions and it was decided during the meeting to make a strict legislation so as to purge the educational institutions from the scourge of narcotics. The manuscript of Punjab Control of Narcotics Subsistence Act 2022 has been prepared in this regard. CM directed to give the law a final shape forthwith and stated that the Act will be approved by the Punjab Assembly. Strict punishments will be awarded in the schools, colleges and universities on the usage and sale of narcotics and effective measures need to be taken in order to stop the selling and usage of narcotics in the educational institutions, he asserted.
It was decided during the meeting to enhance the punishments on the selling and usage of narcotics and the proposal to fix minimum two years imprisonment and life imprisonment to the maximum came under review. CM apprised that an independent sovereign institution will be established to eradicate narcotics and Special Courts will be set up in this regard. He disclosed that Anti- Narcotics police stations will also be set up adding that the owners of the centre and the employees will also be held responsible for the narcotics peddling and its usage in the educational institutions. CM vowed to save the new generation from the poison of narcotics at all costs adding that the narcotics peddling and its usage in educational institutions is utterly unacceptable.
He asserted that those found involved in narcotics peddling will not be able to escape from the stern grip of law and vowed to save the new generation from narcotics at any cost. CM directed to make the Act further effective and hold consultations with all the stakeholders in this regard.
The CM directed the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) to start the consultation process with all the stakeholders in order to make the Act more effective. Secretary Excise gave a briefing about the salient features of the manuscript of Punjab Control of Narcotics Subsistence Act 2022. Provincial Excise Minister Sardar Muhammad Asif Nakai, Adviser to CM Amir Saeed Rawn, Inspector General of Police Faisal Shahkar, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti, former Principal Secretary GM Sikandar, ACS(Home), Secretaries of Finance, Regulation, Law, DG Narcotics Control and concerned officials attended the meeting.