The state has not become a haven for persons dealing in narcotics, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said in a written reply to the question tabled by the St Cruz MLA Antonio Fernandes.
Referring to the various measures taken to control the drugs menace, Parrikar said there is zero tolerance policy against drug trafficking.
Informants/sources have been developed and raids are being conducted on receiving specific inputs, informed Parrikar.
He said that in order to create a strong deterrent impact against the drug activities, the drugs prone areas are kept under continues surveillance.
Police conduct awareness-cum-interactive sessions with club/ restaurants/bar owners sensitising them about this menace.
Parrikar further said that the bar/restaurants and shacks along the drug-prone belt are subjected to surprise checks.
Constant patrolling is maintained through beat staff deploying PCR vehicles, motorcycles at the places frequented by tourists, informed Parrikar.
Various awareness programmes for youth and students are undertaken at schools/colleges in various villages/cities regarding the ‘Ill-effect of drugs’ by organising elocution competition, drawing competitions, rally of students, organising running race, organising of street plays, displaying of banners, distributing pamphlets, stickers etc. The more emphasis is laid on the delivering lectures to school and college students. Parrikar said that in the last 42 months, 441 accused have arrested in drugs cases.