We were moving towards becoming ‘Udta Assam’: CM Sarma on drugs menace


GUWAHATI: Taking a serious note of the illicit drugs business in Assam, chief minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the state was moving towards becoming ‘Udta Assam’ just like drug-burdened Punjab in the story of Bollywood movie Udta Punjab.

Addressing the Assam Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, Dr. Sarma made a number of points on how the Assam government is trying its best to stop any sort of illicit drugs business or substance abuse in the state.

Narrating a story on how he was surprised by two ladies in Biswanath district the CM said, “Once in Biswanath Chariali two ladies pleaded to me to stop the drugs business. I was surprised at how drugs got into Biswanath. They told me that good families were getting destroyed because of drugs. Children are into illegal activities to procure drugs. Still I had doubts that it might be an aberration. There is one more section in our society who were former addicts. They revealed that drugs are available everywhere, from jails to hospitals to petty shops. In Guwahati, one could order drugs at home through a delivery network. Even during the lockdown the home delivery of drugs continued!”

“We were slowly moving towards ‘Udta Assam’ just like Punjab in the movie Udta Punjab. Our whole society was unknowingly moving towards destruction. On one side, we are talking about work culture and on the other hand there are people who are using drugs to destroy our whole society,” said the chief minister.

“We decided to work against this menace. Assam Police has been actively working to seize drugs and arrest the dealers. The annual recovery of heroin shows that its availability is increasing in Assam. But the actual quantity that is being transported or sold is many times more than what has been seized. The police are able to seize only 10 percent of the actual quantity,” said Himanta Biswa Sarma.