Chandigarh: To curb the menace of drug addiction and cancer, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday directed deputy and divisional commissioners to play a "pro-active" role.

Badal presided over a meeting of the divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners in Chandigarh, said an official release.

"The biggest ever door to door campaign to identify the patients inflicted with cancer, which had already begun from October 2 in Faridkot, would be replicated in other parts of the state from December 1 with an objective to provide prompt treatment and care with the financial support from chief minister's Cancer Relief Funds," Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare Vinni Mahajan said.

She said the Health department in tandem with Jails department would soon launch a massive drug de-addiction campaign to wean away the inmates from the curse of drug addiction besides transforming their lives as ideal citizens of the society.

The Chief Minister asked the deputy commissioners to further direct their additional deputy commissioners (development) to ensure timely submission of utilization certificates of the development grants from the DDPOs and BDPOs.

He also asked them to ensure strict compliance of electronic transfer system for the disbursements of various grants under social welfare schemes to the genuine beneficiaries in a transparent manner.

Meanwhile, the Financial Commissioner Rural Development & Panchayats informed the chief minister that the department would soon receive funds to the tune of Rs 70 crore from the Centre which would further generate employment potential for the rural labour force thereby giving a fillip to the rural development.

On the issue of mining, Badal directed the Chief Secretary to immediately resolve this issue to ensure smooth, regular supply of minor minerals including gravel and sand on affordable prices to people as per the guidelines formulated under the new mining policy duly approved by the Cabinet.


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