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Cong throws Rahul’s homework at Akalis

01:07 AM Jun 02, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Flaunts a 2009 affidavit by Punjab government and an order of Punjab and Haryana High Court to drive home the point that 70 pc youths in the state are indeed suffering from drug addiction

NEW DELHI : “Seventy per cent of Punjab have become drug addicts. Seven out of 10 college-going students abuse one or the other drug. The whole of Punjab is in the grip of drug hurricane.” These are not views of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi asked by the Akali Dal and the BJP to apologise for his controversial remarks, but a solemn affirmation made by the Akali-led government in an affidavit before the Punjab and Haryana High Court in May 2009.

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And, the judgment that came in July this year is much more stinging and scary than Rahul’s remark that seven out of ten youths in Punjab have drug problems. The judgment says: “It is said two things open early in Punjab – liquor vends and chemist shops. A small village in Punjab may not be having a school but has a chemist shop. The surveys conducted by various agencies mention that, after Nagaland, Punjab ranks second in drug abuse. 70% of boys and girls in Punjab in the age group of 19-24 years are exposed to drug abuse.”

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The judges also quoted the state police chief about 30 per cent of arrests in the sgtate under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substance Act and the prevalent use of drugs in the jails of the state.

The Congress on Friday flaunted the state government’s affidavit and the judgment to hit back Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal seeking an apology from Rahul and asserted that he had done his homework to express concern, though senior party leaders say the heir-apparent should have better stressed on the drug menace in Punjab instead of giving out specific figures.The affidavit talked of “approximately seven out of 10 college going students abuse one or the other drug” and cited a survey that found drug addition affecting 70 per cent of Punjab, admitting the gravity of the problem and promising a long-term action plan, including stringent legal action and de-addiction campaign.

The affidavit said: “The whole of Punjab is in the grip of drug hurricane which weakens the morale, physique and character of its youth. The vibrant Punjab that had ushered in the green revolution is today living in dazed stupor as 67 per cent of the rural households in the state have at least one drug addict. Drug addiction has become a stigma that belies claims of prosperity in the state.”The vibrancy of Punjab is virtually a myth, as no cereals are being sold here by the youth, especially drug addicts, to earn their livelihood. Instead, many sell their blood to procure daily doze of deadly drugs, even beg in the streets to satisfy their addiction. We are in danger of losing young generation.

“Three out of 10 girls (as per survey) have abused one drug or the other. There is at least one drug addict in the 65 per cent of families in Majha and Doaba and in 64 per cent families of Malwa. In Taran-Taran district on the border, substance abuse in the age group of 15-25 is 70-75%.”

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