The Excise Department has drawn up action plans to nab narcotic drugs at schools, colleges and hostels in the State. Officers of Excise Department will be provided with special training to take stringent measures to ban usage of narcotic drugs at schools, colleges and hostels, said Excise Minister RB Thimmapur, reports Kannada Prabha.
He called a meeting of all Excise Officers at Vidhana Soudha on Wednesday and announced that professional training from Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is being provided to officials. Already five officers have completed the training and in the next batch 30 officers will be trained. This training will help in controlling narcotic drug usage effectively, he said.
The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS) is not being implemented effectively resulting in number of children getting addicted to drugs rising every year. In State too implementation of NDPS is not effective as it comes under the Excise Department and the usual impression is that Excise Department only gets revenue to the government by the sale of liquor. However, the Excise Department also has the responsibility of implementing NDPS, for creating a healthy society, he said.
Apart from schools, colleges and hostels drugs are being sold at other places. Last week, a meeting of officials was held and they were instructed to conduct special operations to crack down on drug peddlers and consumers. In Srinivasapur taluk, Kolar district, one Reddappa was arrested and 11.70 kg Ganja was seized from him.
Orders have already been issued to shift 789 bars from near the Highways outside the City limits, as per Supreme Court orders. On the outskirts of Bengaluru City 200 bars are ordered to shift. The ban on bars next to Highways has caused a loss of Rs 500 crore to the State exchequer and a drop in 1.21 per cent sale of liquor. However, there is no instructions to sell more liquor. Instead ban on fake liquor and narcotics drugs will improve the sales of authentic liquor, he said.
In the wake of complaints that there are a large number of outlets selling illicit liquor and fake brands. A special squad of 11 officers, headed by Yeshwanthapura Excise DC Ravishankar Kumar has been formed to check on this.
The officials have been instructed to take stringent action against Hukka Bars selling ganja and other drugs. The bars opening earlier to the time permitted will also be reprimanded. Liquor sales must be conducted during specific permitted time only. Action will be taken against those selling liquor at odd hours, the Minister warned.