Badal tells officers to check illegal sale of drugs

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday directed the health department to work out a viable proposal to check the sale of illegal drugs at chemist outlets.

He suggested the health officials to delegate more power to senior medical officers to raid and take the required action against chemists selling illegal drugs in the state.

Badal, in a meeting with a delegation of Bharti Kisan Union (BKU), said the Punjab government was committed to eradicate drug menace from the state. BKU members claimed that due to the shortage of Drug Inspectors in the state, required action was not being taken against chemists selling illegal drugs in rural areas.

Badal asked Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal to take early necessary steps in this regard.

He demanded a ban on the open sale of poppy husk in Rajasthan, saying it was posing a great threat to Punjab.

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