Aizawl: A total of 1,804 people have been arrested and 1,959 cases registered in connection with drugs and alcohol under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition) Act, 2019, and the Mizoram Excise Act, 1973 during the current fiscal, Mizoram Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati said on Wednesday.

Addressing a low-key Republic Day celebration at Lammual here, the Governor said the state government was much concerned about the menace of drug trafficking and drug abuse, and has been making massive efforts to control it.

“A total of 1,804 people have been arrested and 1,959 cases registered in connection with drugs, alcohol and narcotics during the 2021-2022 fiscal (up to 30.11.2021), while Rs 71.12 lakh revenue has been collected by the excise and narcotics department during the same period,” the Governor said as he unfurled the Tricolour.

He said the state police has been tirelessly combating arms smuggling, illicit drugs and narcotic substances, and seized drugs and narcotics worth Rs 51.56 crore in 2021.
Among others, the state police also seized 39 arms and 4,307 ammunition during the same year, he said.

According to the Governor, the construction of a number of barracks has been undertaken along the state border with Assam under the government flagship programme Socio-Economic Development Policy (SEDP) at the cost of Rs 82.66 lakh since last year.

The Governor said the dreaded African Swine Fever (ASF), which was first reported in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district in March last year, has so far claimed 29,821 pigs, affecting at least 9,461 families across all 11 districts.

He said that 10,381 pigs have been culled and a petition for compensation amounting to Rs 11.69 crore has been submitted to the Centre for the culled pigs. The outbreak is more or less contained, he assured.

He said that the resilient efforts of the state government supplemented by the tireless service rendered by the churches, NGOs, civil society and all frontline workers have together aided in mitigating the impact of COVID-19.

Republic day was celebrated in all parts of the state except in Champhai, where the deputy commissioner and a few officials held a flag hoisting programme due to a strike called by NGOs to protest the transfer of the deputy commissioner.

The NGOs has already threatened to boycott the Republic Day function if the government failed to withdraw the transfer order of Deputy Commissioner Maria CT Zuali.

Earlier on January 13, the state government had issued an order transferring Maria, who took a stern measure on illicit trade of areca nuts from Myanmar, from Champhai to be posted as additional secretary in food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department in Aizawl.

Her transfer ordered has angered the public, who were adamant to continue with their agitation till the transfer order is revoked.

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