Chandigarh, Jun 30 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has called a meeting of his cabinet on Monday to discuss ways to curb the drug menace in the state and review progress of police investigations into recent drug-related deaths, an official said today. Also Read - IPL 2021 Auction: February 4 Registration Deadline For Interested Players; No Agent, Manager Allowed

Singh has asked senior police officers to attend the meeting in Chandigarh, the official said. Also Read - PM Modi To Perform Bhoomi Pujan For Ahmedabad, Surat Metro Projects on Monday

They are expected to brief the cabinet on the status of their investigations into the cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Also Read - 52 Healthcare Workers Show Adverse Reactions COVID-19 Vaccine Shot in Delhi, 1 Hospitalised

The cabinet is expected to suggest the response mechanism to deal with the issue aggressively, the official said.

Singh has expressed a desire for collaborative efforts by government functionaries and people to wipe out the menace.

Though a lot of ground had been covered in countering the problem, more work was needed to save the youth of Punjab, the spokesperson said, quoting the chief minister.

The government has faced severe criticism after a number of people died this month reportedly due to drug overdose. The Akali Dal and the AAP have accused it of failing to control the menace.

According to media reports, two people died over the past two weeks in Punjab’s Faridpur and Amritsar districts due to drug abuse.

Activists are set to launch a campaign called ‘Black week against Chitta (synthetic drugs)’ from tomorrow in the state.

Yesterday, the Jathedar of the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of Sikhs, Gyani Gurbachan Singh asked the Punjab government to adopt stringent measures to curb the menace.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.