Staff member
Mohali August 9:
Punjab’s Health and Family Welfare Department has claimed to have seized habit-forming medicinal drugs worth Rs 3 crore in the past one year.
According to a press note issued by the department, drugs worth Rs 60 lakh have been seized during the past 10 days. The campaign launched by minister for health Lakshmi Kanta Chawla is likely to continue in the coming days.
Chawla said that a majority of these drugs seized during the past 12 days were “habit forming” and contravened the provisions under the Drugs and Cosmetic Act. She added that in Sangrur district alone, habit-forming drugs worth Rs 20 lakh had been seized during the past 12 days, followed by Ludhiana and Jalandhar districts.
Drugs worth Rs 2 lakh each had been seized in the districts of Ropar and Barnala. Chawla said the department of health and family welfare had initiated a special drive throughout Punjab to check the sale of habit-forming drugs, under which surveys and raids are conducted at the suspicious places by officials of the Drug Control Wing of the department to check the violation of the Drug and Cosmetics Act. She lauded efforts of Kamal Kamboj, drug inspector, Sangrur, to check the menace.