Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the officials to go ahead with more zeal against drugs and the evil of adulteration in the State. He wanted the officials to investigate in depth from all angles. He also instructed the officials to take stringent measures against those supplying drugs and indulging in adulteration, so that those who are in the business should get jittery. He asked them not to spare anyone however high may he or she may be.
“In this shady business, don’t leave any one. Any politician, even if there is a Cabinet minister involved in this crime, book cases against him,” the CM told the officials. He said he was pained to hear that even blood is being adulterated and felt that new laws be enacted, if need be, to punish the guilty with rigorous life term sentence. He wanted the officials, who could control successfully the sale of illicit liquor and playing cards, should work with the same spirit and should not sleep till the drugs and adulteration eradicated from the state. He also hailed the police and Excise department and other related departments for their excellent job in controlling drugs and adulteration.
The CM held a high-level review meeting on Drugs, adulteration and other social evils at Pragati Bhavan here on Sunday. Ministers Nayani Narasimha Reddy, Padma Rao, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, DGP Anurag Sharma, Principal Secretaries S Narsing Rao, Somesh Kumar, Ms Shanti Kumari, Excise Commissioner Chandravadan, GHMC Commissioner Janardhan Reddy, ACB DG Purnachandra Rao, Hyderabad, Cyberabad, Rachakonda Police Commissioners Mahender Reddy, Sandeep Sandalya, Mahesh Bhagwat, respectively, Intelligence IG Navin Chand, Security IG NK Singh, Excise & Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal, Hyderabad, Warangal range IGs Stephen Ravindra and Nagireddy, Police Housing Corporation Chairman Damoder Gupta and others attended.
“Officers in the State are doing a good job in controlling drugs, adulteration in food items and the spurious seeds. We are catching those involved in this shady business and raids are being conducted at several places. Though this problem is there all over the country, but Telangana State has got a good name in controlling this menace. But don’t be complacent with the good work so far you have done, go ahead with much more zeal and work till the end. Increase intensity of the investigations, go into deep, find out who are playing the key roles and take action against all those guilty. The government is giving total freedom to the officials on this issue. The government’s aim is very clear, there should not be any drugs or adulteration in the state. There is no place for any violation of law, arrest the guilty even if they are famous. Even if there is involvement of the politicians don’t leave them even if they belong to the TRS. Register cases against them and send them to jail. Even if there is a Cabinet minister don’t leave. The state government will not protect anyone. You have total liberty in catching the culprits. Use your experience and power to eradicate this malady,” the CM told the officials.
“There is supply and use of drugs in Hyderabad for the several years now due to the indifferent attitude of the previous governments. Had they taken the stringent measures, situation would have been different now. There is an urgent need to protect Hyderabad’s brand image. Hyderabad is Telangana state’s lifeline. This anarchy should be eradicated from Hyderabad. I have asked Akun Sabharwal not to go in leave as the case is being investigated. Dig out the entire details on the case, don’t leave anyone and punish the guilty. Take such measures that people should get frightened to consume drugs or sell them in Hyderabad. Change Hyderabad into a drug free city,” the CM instructed.
In this contest, the DGP explained to the CM measures taken to control adulteration of food items and spurious seeds. 56 teams are working on the spurious seeds issue and 14 on adulteration of food items.
“Drugs supply, adulteration of food items and spurious and fake seeds are organised crimes. There will be many partners from making to the supply level. Hence investigate closely from who is making the drugs and who is selling them. Find out what who are all the partners. Once the guilty are arrested, don’t think that the matter is over. Like the way we have counter intelligence to keep a regular tab on terrorists, anti-social elements, armed groups, create a special wing for monitoring. The Telangana police have the proud track record of maintaining the law and order and adequate experience. Crush this drugs and adulteration menace with an iron hand. You have an important role in providing peaceful life to the people. Whenever such illicit activities are exposed, people involved will try to escape the punishment. We have such incidents in the past. But in Telangana state it will not happen. Nobody will be spared. The message that Law is stringent and spares none should go to the people. Give special incentives to the police personnel who have done a good work in controlling the drugs. Please explain the government’s aim to the lower rank officers till the Sub Inspectors. Encourage who are doing a good job and I personally give the awards to them on the Independence Day celebrations on Aug 15,” the CM declared.
“The main reason for drugs and illicit seed supply is due to some corrupt officials and this illegal activity is going due to certain officials. ACB should act more rigorously. Prepare a list of such corrupt officials in the State and keep a close vigil on them. Book cases and punish those offering bribes as well as those accepting it. It is not difficult to eradicate corruption in any department” the CM instructed.
The CM also wanted expedition of works on the construction of buildings for the Police Commisionarates in the newly formed districts.
In the Sunday review, the CM has delegated powers official-wise and sought more help from the officers to make the government attempts successful CMP Officials S Narsing Rao, Ms Shanti Kumari will monitor the matter regarding providing financial assistance without the banks help to those shifting from illicit liquor making to other alternative professions. Hyderabad Police Commissioner Meander Reddy will recommend to the government on getting amendments, changes to the existing Acts to control drugs, illicit seeds and other organised crimes. Intelligence Chief Navinchand will take the responsibility of forming a wing on the lines of counter intelligence to control the organised crimes. DGP Anurag Sharma will take of the implantation of strategies to counter illicit seed supply, surprise raids on those making the illicit seeds. Excise Commissioner Chandravadan and Excise & Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal will take the responsibility of in-depth investigation of the drugs cases and see that the guilty are punished. Hyderabad and Warangal IGs Stephen Ravindra, Nagireddy will oversee the strategy to stop the drugs menace spreading to other cities and towns in the State. Chief Secretary SP Singh with the help of Collectors finds out the places in and outside Hyderabad where the spurious seeds are made and take action. The responsibility to identify and prepare a list of the corrupt officials and bringing them to book is given to ACB DG Purnachandra Rao. The responsibility to monitor constructions of new police offices, police stations, and employee quarters is given to Police Housing Corporation Chairman Damoder Gupta and MD Mallareddy. Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma will take care of strengthening the Excise department and the stringent action to be taken against the Drugs, Illicit liquor and Cannabis cases. Agriculture Commissioner Jaganmohan will take the responsibility of getting the results on the seeds test faster. GHMC Commissioner Janardhan Reddy will take the responsibility of appoint food inspectors in Hyderabad to test the food items and help book cases against the guilty.
Home Minister Nayini Narsimha Reddy, Excise Minister Padma Rao are given the responsibility to provide alternative employment to the illicit liquor makers from Dhoolpet and action to be taken to eradicate the menace.