Captain Amarinder Singh also blamed the erstwhile SAD-BJP government for a “debt” of Rs 31,000 crore on Punjab due to the ongoing issue of Food Cash Credit limit with the central government since 2017.
Dr Gandhi had suggested that addicts should be provided poppy husk as medicine at district and tehsil level and even at civil hospitals so that it can act as a substitute to the lethal drugs like heroin and smack.
Punjab government has about 90,000 women employees. Sources said the decision to exempt them was taken on the ground that the percentage of women addicted to drugs in Punjab was minuscule and because it would not send the right signal if they are asked to undergo a dope test.
No government functionary has visited Kashmir yet at the one-room accommodation at Kotkapura in Faridkot where she and her husband live. The Punjab government does not count Balwinder’s death as drug-related.
According to the doctors, shortage of syringes could result in sharing of the same needle among several drug addicts. They further added that it could result in transmission of diseases like Hepatitis C virus and HIV among the users.
The deceased, identified as Ricky Lahoria, was a school dropout and he allegedly got addicted to drugs when he just 16 or 17 years old. According to his uncle Rajesh Kumar, he got married recently and wanted to get rid of the addiction.