Chouhan bans hookah lounges, warns of bulldozing
October 02, 2022  21:12
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday announced that hookah lounges will not be allowed to function in the state and will be bulldozed, if necessary, and strictest action possible will be taken against people involved in illegal drug businesses. 

The chief minister was speaking at the launch of a de-addiction campaign in the state to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in the presence of former Union Minister Uma Bharti, who has been demanding total prohibition in Madhya Pradesh. 

The campaign will continue till November 30. Now, places like hookah lounges will not be allowed to operate in Madhya Pradesh and they will be bulldozed, if needed, Chouhan said. 

He further said that the white drug being sold near colleges and schools was ruining the lives of youngsters and pushing them towards addiction. 

The state government has resolved to take strict action against people involved in sale and trafficking of drugs, and it will leave no stone unturned to make the society drug free, Chouhan said. 

People present at the launch took a pledge to make Madhya Pradesh addiction free. 

Activities to create awareness about de-addiction will be conducted in every town and village during this campaign, the chief minister said. 

Chouhan also said that an excise policy will be formulated to control the use of alcohol. -- PTI
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