Punjab CM Mann vows to make state free of synthetic drugs by next Independence Day

Mann said 'Chitta' (synthetic drugs) addiction was one of the biggest problems of Punjab, and it has ruined the future generation.

BySouth First Desk

Published Aug 15, 2023 | 7:08 PMUpdatedAug 15, 2023 | 7:08 PM

Punjab CM Mann at the Independence Day parade

Punjab will be free of synthetic drugs before the next Independence Day, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann announced in Patiala on Tuesday, 15 August.

Addressing the state after unfurling the national flag on India’s 77th Independence Day, Mann said chitta (slang for synthetic drugs) addiction was one of the biggest problems of Punjab. It ruined the future generation and led to many deaths.

On the drug issue, he said, “We worked rigorously to track the supply chains and get to the roots of this nexus. We have enough information to act, and now it is time to give them blows.”

“The blueprint for this massive statewide crackdown is ready and it will be implemented with the pro-active support of the people. With this well-researched and dedicated crusade, we will free Punjab from the shackles of drugs by next Independence Day,” Mann said.

He promised a similarly dedicated crusade for Punjabi youth, chasing foreign dreams, being harassed. Mann said that the AAP government would make Punjab their dreamland by creating educational and employment opportunities to stop the brain drain.

He also promised to make the state corruption free soon with a dedicated “no tolerance” approach to graft.

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Health, employment, education and agriculture

Bhagwant Mann addressing the public

Bhagwant Mann addressing the public. (Supplied)

He further added that his government’s top priorities were health, education, employment and agriculture, and many milestones have been achieved in its brief tenure so far.

He said that 117 schools of eminence were being constructed across the state for imparting quality education to students. Similarly, the state government has opened 659 Aam Aadmi Clinics, including 76 such clinics that have been dedicated to people on this Independence Day.

Lauding local farmers for harnessing available resources and technologies to the best, Mann said that despite the vagaries of weather, the contribution of the state to the national food pool has always been on the top.

Mann also recalled the stellar role of the Punjabis in carving out the modern-day India. “Punjabis are born leaders, and the state would soon lead the country in all fields,” he said.

The chief minister said that the state government had on 1 July 2022 launched a scheme, providing free power. Since then, 90 percent of the households in the state were getting free power and got zero power bills.

Mann congratulated the state, saying big companies like Tata Steel and others have made huge investments in Punjab. He further added that as per the Government of India data, Punjab leads North India in terms of registration of MSMEs.

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Punjab, the land of patriots

Referring to the state’s patriotism coming under scanner recently, Mann said that some people were living in a fool’s paradise and Punjab did not need NOC from those “pseudo nationalists.”

“Every inch of our soil has an imprint of a martyr or a patriot who has never shied away from sacrificing everything for the nation. More than 80 percent of great warriors and patriots who laid down their lives or were subjected to British tyranny in one form or another were Punjabis. Even today we play a major role in safeguarding the nation,” Mann added.