Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday said a special task force has been constituted in the Police department to effectively implement the campaign against drug peddlers.

Flagging off an awareness rally against drug abuse, organised by Himachal Pradesh Police Department on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking here, he said three state Narcotics Crime Control Units at Shimla, Kangra and Kullu have been set up to deal with drug mafia.

The CM also inaugurated the LED Display Screen at Police Control Room at The Mall, Shimla.

Over 2000 students from 29 schools of Shimla town, NGOs, students of ITI and Nursing Colleges participated in the awareness rally.

The CM also administered oath to the students and other participants on the occasion against drug abuse.

Talking to media persons at the sidelines of the function, the CM said that drug abuse, particularly amongst the younger generation, was a cause of concern universally. He said that collective steps by government, non government organisations, parents and others were needed to eradicate these social evils.

He said that Police department was organising various awareness campaigns against drug abuse to sensitise the students and people against ill effects of drug abuse.

Thakur said that the state Police has organised 1,023 anti drug campaigns in the state to create awareness regarding the menace of drug abuse. He also urged the NGOs, Mahila Mandals and representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions to come forward to eradicate this social evil from the society.

Health minister, Vipin Singh Parmar, Industries minister, Bikram Singh Thakur, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, BK Aggarwal and senior Police officials were present on the occasion.