(UNI) Congress president Rahul Gandhi had estimated that over 70 percent of Punjab youth, which was close to 80 to 90 lakh youth, suffered from drug abuse on the eve of Punjab assembly polls nearly two years ago.
However, Congress government in Punjab has so far registered only 1.3 lakh drug addicts and relies on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) estimates of 2.5 lakh drug addicts. But the Congress in its manifesto mentioned reiterating Rahul’s estimate that 70 percent of Punjabi youth was drug addict, said former minister and senior vice president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Maheshinder Singh Grewal.
In its manifesto, the Congress promised to abolish drug supply and drug consumption within four months but the ground reality is that even after 22 months of coming to power, the Congress government is nowhere near its goal, averred Grewal adding that by its own admission, the government had so far registered only 1.31 lakh addicts.
Commenting on the difference of perception of the Congress party and the Congress government on prevalence of drug addiction, Mr Grewal said it was the difference in estimate of drug addicts that was “shocking and stunning”.
Grewal said the Congress party had consciously magnified the problem of drug abuse just to derive political mileage by putting the then ruling SAD-BJP dispensation in bad light that it had failed to control and deal with the problem.