TODAY -

CSOs call for stronger drug policy
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 26 2020: Concerned CSOs deliberated on the Draft State Drug Policy, Manipur today in a consultative meeting at Human Rights Alert (HRA) conference hall, Kwakeithel.

The meeting was attended by CADA, CONE, USER, AMSU, DESAM, AIMS, AMKIL, ADVISAV, WASEDEV, IKAL, EEV-FAM, Lousal, LEEPUN, HRA, legal experts etc.

The consultation was convened by co-petitioners of the PIL no 34 of 2020 of the High Court of Manipur, namely USER-Manipur and HRA.

According to a statement of HRA, the consultation dwelt on the feasibility of the draft State Drug Policy and how far it can be implemented successfully in practice.

The points of concern raised by the stakeholders focused on the grey areas particularly on inadequate mechanisms of "supply reduction" .

The inability of the present criminal justice system to convict the drug lords and to break the cartel was pointed out, it said.

The involvement of powerful and well-connected individuals who enjoy political patronage from key functionaries of the State was also deliberated thread bare, it further said.

The need of ensuring that the present drug policy should address this issue by ensuring that the investigation and trial of the major drug hauls are carried out in a free and fair manner, without succumbing to the political pressure, was emphasised, it said.

The meeting decided to submit a representation to V Vumlunmang, Principal Secretary, Social Welfare, Government of Manipur on the need for further deliberation to ensure that the draft policy reflects these concerns after due consultation with the relevant stake-holders, it said.

It was also unanimously emphasised that a collective effort of the civil society in tandem with the wishes of the masses is crucial to address the menace of drugs in the State.


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