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7 Northern states including Uttarakhand join hands against drugs

In a fight against narcotic drugs, northern states on Monday unanimously decided to set up common secretariat to be based in Panchkula near Chandigarh. The states which have joined hands include Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan and union territory of Delhi. The chief ministers from the respective states will meet every three months. Each state will also depute nodal officers to coordinate information sharing process.

We the Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and the senior officers representing Rajasthan, Delhi and UT of Chandigarh are happy to have had an extremely constructive meeting on effectively addressing and countering the drug menace.

– Joint statement by CMs

The meeting also accepted the suggestion of Punjab CM Amrinder Singh to hold regular meetings at various levels to tackle the problem at various levels to tackle the problem and monitor the progress of anti-drug fight. It was also decided to invite Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to join in, and Jammu Kashmir would also be involved in the anti-drug strategy implementation.

It was also decided that the states would launch a major awareness campaign in their respective schools while engaging youth in sports and other activities at village levels. Skill development of youth would also be undertaken on a major scale to prevent spread of drugs. All the states agreed that data sharing was critical to making fight against the drugs a success.

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