AMARAVATI: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on the performance of the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) and directed the officials to lay special focus on drug menace, and conduct awareness programs in universities and colleges against drugs.
During the review meeting held at the camp office, the Chief Minister said that there should be constant supervision over universities and colleges on the usage of drugs and further instructed the authorities to prepare an action plan to be implemented across the State. He told the officials to take stringent action and curb the cultivation and transportation of marijuna by carrying out regular raids.
In regard to liquor consumption, he said that the government had increased the alcohol prices to control the consumption, where almost one-third of the outlets were closed and removed belt shops and permit rooms were across the State. With the measures taken by the government, liquor sales have dropped from 34 lakh cases per month to 21 lakh cases and beer sales have fallen from 17 lakh cases per month to 7 lakh. He ordered the officials to take stringent action against those responsible for illegal liquor trafficking.
Reviewing on the sand, the Chief Minister said that action should be taken if sand is sold at a higher price than the prescribed rates, and the toll-free number of SEB should be well publicized to report the issue. He directed the authorities to take immediate action against the culprits based on the complaints and advised them to run a campaign in each district, clearly mentioning the prices in that particular district. He also asked the officials to increase the number of reaches and sand depots.
The Officials informed that so far 1,20,822 cases of alcohol smuggling and manufacturing have been registered and 1,25,202 persons arrested. In 2020, almost 63,310 cases and in 2021, nearly 57,512 cases were registered. While SEB registered 74,311 cases, Police registered 46,511 cases. Similarly, 8,30,910 litres of illicit liquor, 8,07,644 litres of country-made liquor, 2,30,48,401 litres of jaggery wash were seized and destroyed. Also, 29,491 vehicles were seized.
In regard to sand smuggling, 2,211 cases are registered, 5,72,372 tons of sand is seized, 16,365 vehicles are seized and 22,769 culprits arrested. Also, 18,686 kg of ganja was seized by registering 220 cases and arrested 384 people involved. Between March 20-31, 2021 under operation new Savera, 69 cases were registered and 174 people were arrested, besides seizing 2176 kg of marijuna and 3.065 MDM. Officials said that 330 awareness camps have been organised.
The review meeting was attended by DGP Gautam Sawang, Planning and Resource Mobilisation Special CS Dr Sameer Sharma, Revenue Special Chief Secretary Rajat Bhargav, SEB Commissioner Vineeth Brijlal, Finance Chief Secretary SS Rawat, Intelligence Chief KV Rajendranath Reddy, SEB Director (Special Units) A Ramesh Reddy and other senior officials.