President instructs Police to take effective steps to curb drug
President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the relevant
authorities to deploy a systematic program to eliminate various drug
smuggling activities targeting school children.
The President ordered the officials to take necessary
steps to amend the laws to make them more effective.
The President gave these instructions at a discussion
held at the Presidential Secretariat today (10th) regarding drug control
He said that he had received information about drug
addicts and students in the vicinity from many sources and urged the
police to take steps to prevent this situation from spreding further and
eliminate this menace.
The government has taken many steps to curb the
illegal smuggling of drugs and to strengthening the procedures related
to raids and amending the relevant laws.
The President instructed the officials to expedite all
relevant laws and expeditiously devolve powers to relevant authorities.
Discussions were also held with regard to drug related
issues, obtaining assistance from other agencies and steps taken to
prevent drugs smuggling in prisons.
Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Mr. Hemasiri
Fernando, Secretaries of the Ministries, relevant heads of institutions,
public officials, Inspector General of Police and the heads of the
security forces were also present in this discussion.