Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday said 600 people involved in illegal drug activities had been convicted in the past one year. Lauding the support of the people, Singh said the government had initiated ‘War on Drugs’, which resulted in the destruction of thousands of acres of illegal poppy plantation in the state.
Alternative livelihood arrangement has been made for those farmers engaged in poppy cultivation, he said. The farmers have been provided with alternatives like agarwood, lemongrass and avocado cultivation.
From March 2017 to August this year, Manipur Police has registered 483 drug-related cases and arrested 636 people, including 126 women. The total quantity of drugs and contraband items seized during this period is over 19 kg of No 4 heroin powder, over 5,031 kg of ganja, over 243 kg of opium, 3,88,342 capsules of Spasmo Proxivon (SP), 23,480 tablets and 31 strips of Nitrosun (N-10), 10,83,283 WY tablets, 4,697 bottles of cough syrup, over 17 kg of brown sugar, 29,000 Ephedrine tablets and 30,800 Alphawin tablets.
In April, the Manipur government had also set up a fast track court to exclusively deal with Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) related cases only. Stating that the present government had introduced many initiatives for the welfare of the people, such as CMHT, CMST, Manipur Start-Up policy, the CM said they were providing a monthly stipend of Rs 1,500 to differently-abled people having a disability of 80 per cent or more.
Due to drug and alcohol abuse, the percentage of the number of widows is very high, he added. Singh claimed that since the BJP government came to power, the law and order situation in the state had improved a lot with the support and co-operation of the people.
The CM further stated that there was a gap in coordination between the government and the people in the past, however, the ‘Go to Village’ initiative to deliver various government services at the doorstep of the people had brought both closer.