Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that he had begun to fear the fact that even girls have started drinking beer now.
“I have begun to fear now, because even the girls have started drinking beer… the tolerance limit is being crossed. Not all of them. I am not talking about this crowd (referring to the audience),” he said at the first edition of the State Youth Parliament organised by the Legislature Secretariat, Porvorim.
Parrikar, an IIT-Mumbai alumnus, also said the use of drugs in educational institutions is not a new phenomenon.
“When I went to IIT, there was a small group which was into smoking ganja. So it is not today’s phenomenon,” he said, adding that a small section of students were also obsessed with pornography.
Earlier, talking about the narcotics trade in Goa, he said a crackdown on the drug network in the state has been going on and this will continue till drugs are out of sight.
“I have no belief that it will come down to zero. I personally do not believe that there is much proliferation (of drugs) in colleges,” he said.
After he directed the police to take strict action against the drug trade, he said, 170 people were arrested for drug peddling.
“As per the law, if there is a small quantity of drugs, a person gets bail in eight to 15 days or a month. Our courts have also become lenient, but at least the guilty are caught,” he said.
(With agencies inputs)