Video : Take maximum possible action against Narcotics; President instructs IGP.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the IGP to take maximum possible measures against drugs and narcotics.
That was at a discussion held at Temple Trees on preparing a special national drug prevention programme.
The Presidential Media Unit said that Ministers and Government officials including Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne and Health Minister Maitripala Sirisena had participated in the occasion.
On this occasion the President has instructed the officials to prepare a special programme for total drug prevention while gradually minimizing use of drugs by society.
On this occasion the President also instructed the officers to focus on preventing entry and spread of narcotics in the country, as well as the prevention of schoolchildren being drawn to narcotics like Baabul and Modaka and alcoholic liquids.
On this occasion the President instructed IGP N. K. Ilangakoon to instruct the police to be intensively watchful about unidentified individuals moving about in school surroundings.
On this occasion the President also instructed the IGP to carry out emergency raids constantly for apprehending narcotics.
In the past several narcotic raids were carried out under the ‘Mathata Thitha’ programme put forward in the Mahinda Chinthana policy statement.
Accordingly during the past year while 316 kilogrammes of heroin were apprehended, court cases were instituted against 23,215 persons.
While 387 million litres of alcohol were apprehended and 95,236 court cases were instituted, 81,833 kilogrammes of ganja were taken into police custody.
The President’s Media Unit said that similarly from year 2005 up to now the Social Safety Programme implemented by the Government had been able to wean 92,000 alcohol addicts and 82,000 addicts to smoking out of these habits.