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Himachal’s Cannabis/Opium Eradication Drive: 1.89 crore cannabis plants, 1.65 crore opium plants uprooted from 1,527.05 hectare

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Govt. succeeded in uprooting 1.89 crore cannabis plants and 1.65 crore opium plants  from 1527.05 hectare area

SHIMLA-  Drug-related crimes have increased tremendously in Himachal and the immense profits made in the illicit drug trafficking have influenced and expanded the organized crime.

Canabis Eradicaiton

As part of drive to curb drug/substance abuse, Himachal Pradesh Government has chalked out a comprehensive plan for it. A major part of the anti-drug strategy of the State Government focuses on certain drugs originally derived or extracted from plant sources such as cannabis and opium. The State Government has taken stringent steps against cultivation and eradication of these drugs generating plants.

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The State Government is carried out a ‘Cannabis and Opium Eradication Campaign’ from August 22 to September 5, 2016 with intention to make Himachal Cannabis and Opium free. In the campaign the eradication of Cannabis and Opium is being carried out on all lands including Gram Panchayat, forest, PWD, IPH, Agriculture, Horticulture lands, roadsides, etc. The campaign is being implemented in the entire State in effective manner.

mandi police Canabis Eradicaiton

Under this campaign the State Government has till date succeeded in uprooting 1, 88, 50,152 cannabis and opium plants and disposed off 1, 64, 98,175 plants in 1527.05 hectare area. In order to intensify the campaign the State Government has also deployed Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB) for addressing the issue in high altitude regions and provided them with modern equipments for cannabis/opium destruction.

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As a result of the State Government’s efforts, cannabis crops on 19157.2 bighas of Government land and 6040.57 bighas of private land and 76093 poppy plants have been destructed by the Himachal Pradesh Police Department, till date.

Under the counter-narcotics initiative of the State Police 266.25 kilogram of cannabis and its derivatives, 2385 kilogram opium and its derivatives, 104538 tablets and capsules and1967 Codeine/ Corex bottles has been seized in the State, during 2016 till date.

kullu SSB Canabis Eradicaiton

A special campaign has been started by the State Police from May 2016 in Nurpur and Damtal areas of District Kangra to eradicate drug abuse and an additional battalion force has been deployed for this purpose. During this special campaign, 119 cases had been registered under ND &PS Act during the year 2016, out of which 68 cases were registered during special campaign. During the year 2016, under ND&PS, 27 cases of financial investigation were conducted or were being conducted.

Canabis Eradicaiton Himachal

Under the anti-drug initiatives, the State Government has launched special drives to detect ND&PS cases that are launched periodically by the State Police. Special drives to curb drug menace amongst the youth are being organised near schools and colleges time to time under Community Policing Scheme.

Cannabis Opium Eradication Himachal

With a view to strengthen the narcotics cell within the State, Government has also sanctioned funds amounting to Rs. 1 crore to the State Police for the storage facility of drugs and psychotropic substances in the districts, which has been equally disbursed among all districts.

The State Health Department has also started a De-Addiction Programme, as one of the main component of Rashtriya Kishore Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK). Under this programme, De-Addiction Centres have been made functional in all Regional and Zonal Hospitals of the State. One Clinical Psychologists and one Medical Social Worker are appointed in all these Centres. These Clinical Psychologists and Medical Social Workers are also imparted training for this job at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangaluru. These Counsellors also conduct at least four field visits in a month in different institutions for IEC activities.

Police destroys opium and cannabis plants from over 25,000 bighas land

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Ex-MLA’s Bambar Thakur’s son, 3 others arrested with 498 grams charas in Mandi

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Congress MLA Bambar's Song arrested with charas

Mandi: The notorious leader of Indian National Congress and former Member of Legislative Assembly from district Bilaspur, Bambar Thakur, is again in the news after his son was arrested with about half-a-kilogram of charas in Mandi district today morning.

As per the police, the four youths were carrying 498 grams of charas in a luxury car (HP 69 -2323) that the son of the Ex-MLA was driving. The police confirmed that the vehicle was registered in the name of Bambar Thakur. Two of the accused were minors.

The police confirmed that a team headed by Sunil Kumar, in charge of Sadar Thana, was conducting inspections of the vehicles at a barrier near Bhyuli on National Highway-21 when the car of the accused was spotted coming towards Mandi from Pandoh.

The police stopped the car and recovered the said amount of charas from the dashboard of the car after a checking. All four accused were arrested following this recovery. As per police,  Thakur’s son and one other accused claimed they were minors, which was later verified by the Superintendent of Police, Mandi, Gurudev Chand Sharma. 

Other two accused were identified as Abhishek of Bilaspur and Amar of Shimla district.

The police have filed a case against two adults under Section 20 of the NDPS Act at Sadar Police Station, Mandi. The minors would be booked under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. Further investigation is in progress, said the police.

Bambar Thakur and his son have remained in controversies for wrong reasons earlier too. Earlier, Bambar had been alleged of illegal mining and running other illegal trades even when he was a sitting MLA.

The allegations of drug-peddling against his son had also surfaced earlier. The people in a locality of Bilaspur had even staged a protest against the misuse of the local police by the MLA to shield offences of his son. 

The case has again brought the increasing indulgence of Himachal’s youth in drug/substance abuse to the limelight. 

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Video: College students thrash man in Shimla after he allegedly calls them Naxalites

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Shimla: On Monday, enraged over allegedly being labelled as Naxalites, some members of the Student Federation of India clashed with the man at the New Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT) of Shimla. A video recorded by another man did rounds of the social media and caused huge embarrassment to the student organization.

The organization faced a widespread criticism after the video was circulated on social media. 

As per the report, at about 9:30 PM, some members of the SFI, who were students of a government college in Shimla, were collecting donations. One of the men reportedly denied donation, allegedly misbehaved and called them Naxalites in front of all passengers sitting inside a bus of the Himachal Pradesh Road Corporation (HRTC).

The enraged students asked the man to apologize. However, man, who identified himself as a BSF personnel, did not apologize, which led to a clash with the students.

An ugly, violent scene continued for several minutes and caused huge inconvenience to other passengers present inside the HRTC bus.

Watch Video of the clash and SFI’s clarification

Note: Himachal Watcher has excluded most of the violent part of the clip posted below:

The police reached the spot, but the man who was thrashed did not file an FIR or complaint. By that time, some other leaders of both ABVP and SFI had also arrived at the spot.

SFI said the man had accepted his fault in front of the police and had compromised afterwards.  

SFI alleged the video was circulated on social media alleging that the SFI members were trying to extort money from the man and thrashed him when he denied it. 

SFI held a press conference on Tuesday and labelled some serious allegation against ABVP. SFI said the students were deliberately provoked. SFI alleged the man who was recording the video was a member of ABVP. He was identified as Saffronist Manish Saklani.

The man can be heard repeating name of SFI as well going to other passengers asking them to identify the student organization.

SFI said it had also lodged an FIR against some members of the ABVP for spreading wrong information to defame the student organization. 

The police confirmed that the man who was thrashed filed no FIR, but after the video went viral on social media, it said action would be taken against the students. The police said no one would be allowed to extort money from passengers. 

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25% loan plus 5% interest subsidy for opening private hospital in rural Himachal

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148th State level review meeting of Bankers Committee

Shimla: About 2131 bank branches and 1879 bank mitras were catering to the needs of the people in far-flung areas of the State.

Each branch of the bank was providing banking services to average 3221 people, which was far better than the national average of 11000 people per branch of the bank, informed the Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Anil Kumar Khachi while presiding over the 148th State-level review meeting of Bankers Committee today.

The Cash Deposit Ratio in the State was about 44.82 percent, and the banks were asked to raise the cash deposit ratio to 60 percent as fixed by Reserve Bank of India.

As per government statistics, till March 2018, the banks provided 5625.68 crore loans to 4.18 lakh farmers under the Kisan Credit Card Scheme.

The General Manager, UCO Bank Vivek Kaul said the banking sector had achieved an annual growth of six percent and its deposit and advances were Rs. 1.06 lakh crore and Rs. 37481 crore respectively.

Over 10 lakh people had opened bank accounts in the State under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna’
In order to encourage private hospital facilities in rural areas, a new scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna’ has been launched in the State, he said.

An investment subsidy of 25 percent would be provided on an investment of rupees one crore besides five percent interest subsidy for three years on loans taken from banks.

The banks are also expected to encourage this investment so that people of the remote area could get better health education nearer to their homes, he said.

The banks were urged to participate in ‘Jan Manch’ Programme of the State government so that people living in rural areas could be educated regarding various schemes being implemented by the State and Central Governments.
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Anil Kumar Khachi said that under ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’ 93 villages of the State had been selected for making them financial inclusive. He said that in the second phase of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, a target to achieve Chamba district as financial inclusive has been fixed.

A provision of subsidy has been made to start self-employment ventures by the youth between the age group of 18 to 35 years.

A provision of five percent interest subvention has been made on interest on the loans up to Rs. 40 lakh raised from the banks for the period of three years.

It was informed that the banks were urged to provide more loans to the farmers so that they could opt latest farming techniques to enhance their income.

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