Himachal Pradesh Nasha Nivaran Board’ constituted to curb drug menace

With a view to curb the menace of drug abuse in the Himachal Pradesh, the State Government has constituted ‘Himachal Pradesh Nasha Nivaran Board’ under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. This was disclosed by an Official spokesman here today.

The Spokesman said that the Board would have Chief Secretary, Administrative Secretaries of  Home, Excise and Taxation, Revenue, Forests, Social Justice and Empowerment, Agriculture, Health and Education and Director General of Police as official members, while Commissioner of State Taxes and Excise as Member Secretary.

Spokesman said that Senior Journalists Ashwani Sharma, Prakash Bhardwaj, Birbal Sharma and Bhanu P. Lohumi, Arjuna Awardee and DSP Ajay Sharma, Retired Additional Commissioner Excise and Taxation Sanjay Bhardwaj, Former Director IGMC Dr. Ravi Sharma and CEO Shriram Hospital Ankur Chauhan as its non official members.

He said that Former Superintendent Narcotics Control Bureau, Chandigarh Zone, Member, Institute of Narcotics Studies and Analysis (INSA), New Delhi Om Prakash has been appointed as Convener-Cum-Advisor of the Board. He said that the tenure of Convener-cum-Advisor and Non-Official Members will be two years and headquarter of the Board would be at Shimla.

The Board would act as a Co-Coordinator between various Drug and Narcotics Enforcement Agencies of the State and would also suggest ways and means to tackle the menace of inter-state drug trafficking, production and distribution within the State.

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