August 6, 2011 2:01:49 am
Punjab has the second highest number of drug addicts in India after Nagaland,state Congress chief Amarinder Singh said Friday,quoting a United Nations Development Project report.
As many as 73 per cent of the adults are addicts,Singh said,with 62 per cent of them between the ages of 19 and 24. He was speaking on the topic,Punjab of my Dreams,at the Punjab Press Clubs Meet the Press programme.
Singh expressed concern over rising drug addiction and flayed the SAD-BJP government for not taking measures to keep the youth away from drugs.
Singh also lashed out at the government for its failure to mend the miserable state of primary education. Schools are without proper infrastructure and teachers,he claimed. When we cant lay good foundations at the primary level,how can we expect our youth to compete at the university level? he asked. The state of healthcare,he said,was equally bad.
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The former chief minister also accused the government of fiscal mismanagement. Punjabs debt,Singh said,was likely to cross 1.7 lakh crore by the end of the current governments term,so it was necessary the state generated its own resources. We cannot survive on debts for a long time, he added.
Agriculture,Singh said,was the backbone of Punjabs economy,so there was a need to introduce high value cash crops,like BT cotton which his government had introduced and which changed economy of southern Punjab by increasing production from 7 lakh bales a year to 30 lakh bales.
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