Vigil On Drugs

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today directed the police, excise and drugs control authorities to keep strict vigil on the trafficking and transaction of illicit liquor and drugs etc in view of the elections.

Chairing a co-ordination meeting at the State Secretariat the Chief Secretary asked the police authorities in particular to remain more active to contain the transaction and sale of these items.
Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department and Development Commissioner Asit Tripathy advised the Police and the Excise Department to conduct joint raids and submit joint reports. Excise Superintendents were asked to upload the joint reports online in the concerned portal.
Principal Secretary of the Excise and Revenue Department,Nikunja Bihari Dhal, who placed proposal for discussion on the topic, informed the meeting that keeping the elections in view, joint raids are being conducted at different places since February and seizures and 2,140 persons have been arrested in this connection.
While 8,969 cases have been filed, both the departments have seized through joint raids 1,32,000 litres of illicit country liquor and 27,000 litres of illegal Indian made foreign liquor, Dhal said, adding that 4.5 kg of brown sugar was also was seized while illegal marijuana cultivation over 11,627 acres of land.
Chief Secretary Mr.Padhi also advised the concerned departments to strictly coordinate joint raids in order to contain inter-state trafficking of liquor and drugs and maintain coordination with the concerned states, to intensify enforcement work at the field level through multipurpose squads, exchange of intelligence between the Police and the Excise Departments, to control manufacturing of liquor in their factories, to seal the inter-state boarders prior to 48 hours of election, to keep liquor shops closed before 48 hours of elections and to transfer to police the powers under Section 5(9) of the Odisha Excise Act.
Special Secretary Home, Santosh Bala and officers of departments concerned also participated in the deliberations.

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