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Odisha Crosses Target In Destroying Cannabis Cultivation

24 October 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

Bhubaneswar: Destruction of cannabis cultivation in Odisha in the year 2018-19 has exceeded the given target, said DGP BK Sharma prior to a coordination meeting on "Destruction of Illicit Cultivation of Cannabis" in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

While special performance have been noticed in the districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada and Kandhamal, more areas of cannabis cultivation will be identified in the meeting and strategies for destruction of the same on inter-departmental coordination basis will be decided, said Sharma.

Decision will also be taken on the kind of case to be registered and the probe process to be followed on detection of cannabis. Besides, on the raising awareness against cannabis cultivation, trading and consumption, he added.

Excise Commissioner Anjan Kumar Manik informed that over 1.37 crore cannabis plants have been destroyed in the current year in comparison to last year. The aim of the coordination meeting is total elimination of cannabis cultivation, production, storage and transport as they have very deleterious effect on human health.

The Excise, Forest and Police departments have vowed for complete destruction of cannabis cultivation and have achieved success in it.

Manik further informed that cannabis cultivation is prevailing in nine districts under two Excise Divisions of the State. They are Angul, Sambalpur and Deogarh under Sambalpur (Northern) Division and Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput, Boudh, Gajapati and Kandhamal under Berhampur (Southern) Division.

Intensified efforts are being taken in these nine districts to destroy the cannabis cultivation. More than 1000 crore plants are destroyed every year and presently the departments aim for complete destruction of the same, he added.

BK Sharma, DGP, Odisha

Anjan Kumar Manik, Excise Commissioner, Odisha