Stalin vows to root out drug menace in Tamil Nadu

Promises to kick-start massive movement soon, urges depts to take coordinated action
Stalin said though the state government has contained the prevalence of narcotic substances to a large extent, it is not sufficient.
Stalin said though the state government has contained the prevalence of narcotic substances to a large extent, it is not sufficient. Express Illustration

CHENNAI: Chief Minister MK Stalin said the prevalence of narcotic substances is not just a law and order issue but also a social issue and a massive movement will be launched to eliminate it in the state.

Stalin said this while reviewing the progress made in the ongoing welfare and developmental schemes in various districts. Collectors of 14 districts participated in the meeting chaired by the chief minister at the secretariat. In the coming days, the CM is likely to hold discussions with the collectors of the rest of the districts also.

Interacting with the collectors, Stalin said though the state government has contained the prevalence of narcotic substances to a large extent, it is not sufficient. The menace has to be eliminated totally. He urged the collectors, superintendents of police, officials of health and municipal administration departments to take coordinated action to end the menace. They should pay exclusive attention to the areas where the prevalence of narcotic substances is identified.

The CM also said the difficulties faced by the people in getting certificates, and patta transfer certificates have come to the notice of the government and that the collectors should pay special attention to this. Stalin also advised the collectors to desilt lakes, ponds, and other water resources ahead of the rainy season.

During his interaction, the chief minister enquired about the progress made in building houses for those who lost their houses during Cyclone Michaung and the status of the scheme to build houses under various housing schemes.

Tiruvallur District Collector T Prabhushankar said `4 lakh has been allocated to 1,360 persons who lost their houses in the cyclone and works are on to build the houses. Besides, loans are being provided to the families who have lost their businesses.

Kancheepuram District Collector Kalaiselvi Mohan said compensation for crop damages has been disbursed to farmers and the building of houses for those who have lost them is under way. New certificates have been issued to those who have lost their originals.

Chengalpattu District Collector S Arunraj said construction of most of the houses has already been over and people who were affected by the cyclone are being given loans, and special camps were held to issue certificates to students who have lost them.

Cuddalore District Collector A Arun Thamburaj said 11,455 houses are to be built for his district and of them, works of 1,245 houses are yet to commence. Nagapattinam District Collector Johny Tom Varghese said 6,000 houses are to be built in the district their progress is being reviewed every week. Mayiladuthurai District Collector AP Mahabharathi said 33,000 houses have been allotted for the district and 5,000 have been completed.

Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development Udhayanidhi Stalin, Chennai Corporation Commissioner J Radhakrishnan, and senior officials took part in the meeting.

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