What followed next was no less remarkable. Last Sunday on 18th July 2021, in Nagaon, the Chief Minister drove a bulldozer over the huge piles of seized narcotics. He reiterated that his government has zero-tolerance against the addictive substances that have weakened the “vitality” of the youth in the state. So far about 1500 dealers and peddlers have been arrested. This is no mean feat! Of course, these assertive initiatives taken by the Assam CM have literally severed most of the “links and routes” that would have otherwise taken our youngsters into the deep pit of addiction. By all accounts, it takes immense courage, determination, and sagacity to take up such issues head-on.
Needless to mention that the rampant drug abuse in most of the states, including the Northeast, has long been posing a serious threat. This writer has met with many parents in distress who have horror of “disclosing” about their children’s addiction to substances and the consequences thereafter. Drug addiction always leads to mental degeneration. The addicts go to any extent to obtain their drugs. The rise in the cases of petty thefts, burglaries, lootings muggings and various kinds of violent attacks have usually to do with those junkies who have fallen victim to narcotics. They even assault their family members, especially doting mothers. There are many instances in which the addicts have stolen gas cylinders or any expensive articles from their own houses or neighbours and sold them to others to buy the next quota of drugs. Truly, innumerable families have just “crumbled” when their beloved kids have fallen victim to drug abuse.
Whether one agrees or not, the increasing substance abuse among the youths has in fact drained away the very strength of the states, nay, the country. One strongly feels that there is no point in counting on the youth power by mere counting their “heads” unless the government adopts effective measures in order to keep each one of the youngsters away from the clutches of narcotics and similar harmful indulgences. All kinds of drugs are readily available at any corner of almost all states. The peddlers are around to deliver the stuff on a phone call. What all has made this possible and where are we lacking and who all are responsible? It calls for a serious self-introspection. One believes that our concerned leaders and authorities should now seek consultation from our sensibly pragmatic Chief Minister of Assam.
Here one earnestly appeals to each state Government in the country to adopt zero-tolerance policies of “Nasha Mukt Bharat” on drugs as Assam Government. Youths are assets to the state. To save them from the drug menace should take precedence over all other issues. A state will certainly thrive and will become richer and vibrant when the “blood” of the youths and their “minds” will not be poisoned by the narcotic substance. Driving the bulldozer over the drug menace is the only way out!