Imphal, May 16: Manipur has been grappling with the devastating impact of drug on its population. The Manipur state government has taken a firm stance against the drug menace, emphasizing that it has never targeted a particular community in its fight against drug-related issues. Official records support this claim, highlighting the widespread effects of drugs on precious lives in Manipur and throughout India.
With a population of 28 lakhs, Manipur has witnessed a staggering number of youths, around 1.4 lakhs, falling victim to the drug epidemic. This alarming statistic is a cause for concern, reflecting the urgent need to address the root causes and repercussions of drug abuse. Furthermore, Manipur has unfortunately become a gateway for illegal drug smuggling to mainland Indian states, exacerbating the drug problem at a national level.
Recognizing the severity of the situation, the state government of Manipur has launched a comprehensive war on drugs, striving to eradicate the drug trade and protect its citizens. The government’s efforts have not been limited to targeting specific communities; instead, they aim to combat the widespread issue that affects individuals from various backgrounds.
The detrimental effects of drugs on society cannot be understated. Lives are destroyed, families are torn apart, and communities suffer. The Manipur state government acknowledges the urgency to address these devastating consequences and ensure a safer and healthier environment for its people.
Recently, Manipur’s Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh, shed light on the impact of drug trafficking and related activities in the state. He attributed deforestation, poppy cultivation, and drug menace to immigrants from Myanmar. In response to these challenges, the state government has launched the “Green Manipur” campaign, emphasizing the protection of the state’s forests, promoting sustainable agricultural practices, and intensifying efforts to destroy hidden poppy fields.
Chief Minister Singh’s social media posts showcased two arrested drug peddlers, emphasizing the destructive nature of their actions. He highlighted their role in depleting natural forests for poppy cultivation while exacerbating communal tensions to facilitate their illicit drug smuggling operations.
— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) May 1, 2023
The government’s commitment to the cause is evident through its ongoing efforts. The state authorities have diligently recorded the arrest of illicit drug traffickers from 2017 to 2023, and this data will serve as a crucial reference for future actions. By targeting the source of the drug trade and apprehending those involved, the government aims to dismantle the networks that perpetuate drug trafficking in Manipur.
Additionally, the state government recognizes the significance of preventive measures and rehabilitation programs in combating drug abuse. Education and awareness campaigns play a vital role in enlightening the public about the dangers of drugs and fostering a sense of responsibility within society. Moreover, the government is actively working to establish rehabilitation centers and support networks to assist those affected by drug addiction, offering them a chance at recovery and a fresh start.
As Manipur continues its war on drugs, it urges the active participation of communities, organizations, and individuals. Collaboration is key to creating a united front against drug abuse, as everyone has a role to play in safeguarding their communities and future generations.
The Manipur state government remains resolute in its determination to eliminate the drug menace and create a society free from the clutches of addiction. It emphasizes that its efforts are driven by a genuine concern for the well-being and safety of its citizens, irrespective of community or background.
By addressing the root causes of drug abuse, implementing effective law enforcement measures, and providing comprehensive support systems, Manipur aims to overcome the drug crisis and restore hope to those affected.
The state government encourages citizens to refer to the provided official records, including Annexure-1 detailing the arrest of illicit drug traffickers during the period 2017-2023, and Annexure-2 outlining poppy cultivation during the same period, for further information and necessary actions.