Lacking motion plan triggers funds squeeze

CHANDIGARH: The report observed that funds needed for the fight against were neither received under central government schemes nor out of Punjab State Cancer and Drug Addiction Treatment Infrastructure (CADA) fund between 2013 and 2016. This is because the home department did not send any action plan to the or demand funds out of CADA.
The CAG said the central government released Rs 32 lakh in October 2016 to be utilized by September 2017 but these were not released by the state government to PSNCB till September 2017. Also, Rs 1.95 crore was received in May and August 2016 out of CADA funds to strengthen the enforcement capabilities for combating illicit drug trafficking but only Rs 21 lakh was spent.

The CAG also observed in seven test-checked police districts that no surveillance or modern equipment useful for enforcement of illicit drug trafficking had been installed at the exit points of various vulnerable public places like railway station, bus terminus and highways.

As per the 2014 National report, Punjab ranked first in the country for registering 31% of the total . Also, drug addicts ranging between 1,80,825 and 2,86,936 were registered between January 2014 to March 2017 with the state government drug de-addiction centres.

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