The cases of drugs being sold inside as well outside the educational institute came into the lights long time back. The recent case of recovery of drugs from the student of Goa Engineering College had made the picture clearer that drugs are freely available in the educational institutes. But now the statement of Goa’s Chief Minister that too on the floor of Goa Assembly has amounted into endorsing the facts. Read the full report here.
According to the information available from the reliable sources, the state chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar who also holds the portfolio of the Home Ministry had made the statement on the floor of the house saying that, the drugs are being sold to students from the small kiosks and taxi or rickshaw operators in the state. Mr. CM also asked police to be strict on the issue and take necessary action required.
The chief minister was speaking on the floor about the growing drug addiction amongst the youths in the state, especially the students. Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar had admitted on the floor of the house that the drugs are being sold outside the educational institutes in the state.
Mr. Parsekar was responding to the question of BJP MLA Carlos Almeida who alleged that the state police and drug peddlers are hand in gloves in the business selling drugs in the state. “It is a high time that we should act against sale of drugs. I have heard that such things are going on outside the educational institutes, it is happening outside some of the most reputed educational institutes. I would not like to name them but it is a very serious problem,” Parsekar told the State Legislative Assembly adding that “Drugs are sold at small kiosks or even with some taxi or rickshaw operators outside the educational institutions. I have already spoken to the police. We need to tackle this menace. Our youth will be destroyed if this continues.”
The chief minister also made the claim that he has taken the cognizance of the issue and asked state police to be strict on the issue. “I am taking it as an important task for the State of Goa,” he said. Parsekar, who is also Minister for Home, said there is need to lay more emphasis on educating the youth on the ill effects of drug consumption.
Mr. CM had admitted before Almeida that earlier there had not been a single case of drug peddling reported in Vasco town for three years. “But when the question was taken for reply by the department, within three days two cases were registered. I know that it cannot be a coincidence that during the last three years there was no case and suddenly two cases are registered in three days,” he said.
Almeida alleged on the floor of the House that police were hand in glove with those selling narcotics in Vasco. “Several youths in Vasco are getting addicted to this dangerous drug. It is being sold openly outside educational institutes. If police are ready, I will provide the name of the institute and other places where such narcotic is sold publicly without any fear,” the MLA said.