In a state like Haryana, poverty works like a plague that infects society with several other evils, forcing people to resort to illegal activities to earn a living. Drug trafficking is one such shortcut being opted by the people to make money. It refers to illegal production of drugs and medicines, their distribution and sale in the markets. In the recent past, there have been many such incidents of drug haul in Haryana, therefore, it's crucial that strict immediate actions must be taken to control it, as it puts at stake many innocent lives.
The profession that is trusted for securing our lives, has been maligned in Haryana due to its involvement in the illegal drug trades. From manufacturers to suppliers, from government doctors to private practitioners, from small clinics to hospitals, the greed to earn surplus has submerged mankind deep down. Either synthetic drugs are sold in the market by unlicensed medicine traders or unnecessary medicines are prescribed by the doctors to make money. There has also been an increase in the incidents of inter-state drug smuggling. Some of them are reported, while countless of them go unobserved. No stringent actions are taken against the hoarders.
Also, the vaccines and medicines that are available at free of cost under certain schemes launched by the health department, are hoarded by dealers and later sold in the market at higher prices. The beneficiaries hardly receive the advantage of the schemes. The poor people, who lie at the bottommost in the hierarchy, suffer the most; maybe because of the price of the medicines or its quality. They become the easy targets of the illicit drug trade.
Drug trafficking, hoarding, black-marketing, etc., perpetuates in the state even after a ban has been imposed on it by the Centre, indicating that it is the malfunctioning of the government, especially the concerned department as it fails to reach out to the common man. Undoubtedly, it is not easy to keep a track of the widespread illegitimate drug trade, but if the government and independent agencies like CBI play their part more efficiently, then the society may be liberated from this malicious crime. Before issuing licenses to the traders, authorities must give a thorough check. Also, there is a need to ascertain that no trader or supplier functions after the expiry of their license. Firm punitive actions must be taken against those found guilty and their permits must be dissolved.