Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has directed the police and excise department to launch a major crackdown against illegal Opium cultivation in the state.

The CM was addressing a high-level meeting at Pragathi Bhavan here on Wednesday. He said there is an urgent need to declare an all-out war against drug abuse.

"We have achieved a separate Telangana state after a long fight. We had set several goals for development. The state has surpassed Punjab in the agriculture sector. More than 1.30 crore acres of land is under agriculture. Through Mission Bhagiratha, safe and pure drinking water is supplied to even remote villages in the forest areas. We are doing well in the power sector. Ninety-nine percent of the world's best companies are making investments in the state. It is due to the excellent law and order situation. Thanks to our police force which is maintaining law and order. We are able to attract such huge investments," he said.

KCR said police have made huge sacrifices to control extremism in the state. "Behind this victory, there are sacrifices of the police force. They have waged a valiant fight. Respect for the state has gone up. However, it is unfortunate that while the state is making rapid strides in development, the availability of the banned drugs has increased," he said.

The CM asked the police and excise department to take serious note of warning bells. "Youth are forming WhatsApp groups, exchanging messages, and taking drugs. Innocent youth are falling prey to the drug menace. Youth are becoming suicidal. De-addiction is a complicated and long procedure. The government is ready to provide anything to control this menace. Smash the Ganja mafia and don't spare the criminals whoever they may be," he said.

The CM instructed the excise commissioner Sarfraj Ahmed to strengthen the enforcement wing and flying squads. He wanted special surveillance at the educational institutions.

The CM wanted an increase in the number of check posts at the state borders and strengthening the communication network. He made it clear that the officials showing good results in the war against Ganja will be bestowed with cash awards and promotions.

"Illicit liquor and cards clubs are again coming up in the state. In the past, women have appreciated the way the state government has controlled the cards clubs. Take stringent measures. This malady should not surface again in society. We have earned a name in the development and welfare sectors. Police and excise departments should work in coordination and enhance the state's prestige by eradicating this drug menace. Make Telangana a drug-free state," he said.


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