Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh sought the continued support and assistance of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in fighting the drug problem. He described the problem as a strategic conspiracy unleashed from across the international border. Rivulets in Punjab were being used to smuggle drugs as part of a strategic agenda that went beyond commercial reasons, said the Chief Minister, while delivering the keynote address at the inauguration of a three-day Regional Workshop on ‘Combating Illicit Trafficking of Afghan Opiates: Developing a Comprehensive Approach’, organised here by UNODC and steered by UNODC ROSA Sergey Kapinos. Expressing the confidence that his government would succeed
in destroying the drugs business, Amarinder called for team work to battle the menace, saying UNODC could play a pivotal role in this. He said UNODC could help the state by identifying the big sharks that had a stake in the drug business.
While the STF and other agencies had been successful in catching mid-level peddlers, the big suppliers needed to be apprehended too, he said, adding that “we owe this to our future generations”.