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President instructs Police to take effective steps to curb drug trafficking


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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the relevant authorities to launch a systematic program to eliminate drug smuggling activities targeting school children.

The President at a discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday regarding drug control and prevention, ordered the officials to take necessary steps to amend the laws to make them more effective.

The President said that he had received information about drug addicts and students in the same vicinity from many sources and urged the police to take steps to prevent this situation from speeding further and eliminate the menace.

The Government has taken many steps to curb the illegal smuggling of drugs and to strengthen the procedures related to raids 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 Defence 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.

 

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