Home Fact-Check Were the Punjab drug problem figures misleadingly 'high'?

Were the Punjab drug problem figures misleadingly ‘high’?

During the run up to the Punjab Legislative Assembly elections held earlier this year, the political parties and politicians had talked at length about the ‘drug problem’ in Punjab, blaming the then existing government led by Shiromani Akali Dal, of being hand in glove with the menace. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal had also suggested that in November 2016, 40 lakh youth in Punjab was addicted to drugs and that AAP will end the drug menace within one month of coming to power. He had accused Bikramjit Majithia, the then Revenue Minister of Punjab, of patronizing multi-million rupee drug racket in the state. Kejriwal had also accused Captain Amarinder, now Chief Minister of Punjab, of taking ‘drug money’ from Majithia for his campaign.

In a twist of events, no evidence of Bikram Majithia’s involvement in drug racket has been found and ones who had campaigned about Akalis’ involvement in drug racket are eating their own words.

And along with this, the drug problem of Punjab seems to have miraculously vanished.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

Interestingly, as per study conducted by Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, the estimated numbers of opioid addicts from two separate surveys, which varied greatly — but which were both minuscule compared with the staggering number that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had claimed five years ago. As per one study conducted by Epidemiology of Substance Use and Dependence in the State of Punjab, the estimate of drug addicts was 1.7 lakh, about 0.89% of Punjab’s adult population, while other estimated it at 2.7 lakh addicts, about 1.41% of Punjab’s adult population. In 2012, Rahul Gandhi had claimed that about 70% youth in Punjab is addicted to drugs.

As per this report in Indian Express, the magical figure of 70% youth in Punjab being drug addict seems to be misquoted. The 2012 speech of Rahul Gandhi is said to be based on a study conducted as many as six years back by Prof Sandhu of the Department of Sociology of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, on a direction from the then Governor of Punjab, Gen (retd) S F Rodrigues. Rahul had based his statement from an affidavit filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2009 which cited GNDU study by Prof Sandhu. Prof Sandhu, however, says that his research was misquoted. He says he had interviewed about 600 drug addicts, of which about 73.5% were in the age gap of 16-35 years, which could be categorised into ‘youth’. The figure stuck and made the foundation of political campaigning.

Now with the elections in Punjab over, all news portals which were crying themselves hoarse over Punjab’s drug addiction problem are silent as if the menace has been cleared overnight.

Sharing is caring - Share This Post and Support:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Most read articles recently

AltNews co-founder caught shielding Islamists following the Sri Lanka terror attacks

Altnews cofounder seems to have graduated from sharing fake news himself to shielding radical Islamists

Cambridge University confirms that Rahul Gandhi did his M.Phil using the name Raul Vinci

Cambridge University confirms that Rahul Gandhi did his MPhil using the name Raul Vinci

Two AAP MLAs lunged towards Kejriwal and one punched him such that his glasses fell off, claims Kapil Mishra

AAP MLAs reportedly beat up Kejriwal so much that he has injured his knees and could not walk properly

Air Vistara senior officials visit Gen GD Bakshi, apologise for deleting the tweet honouring him

Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer, and Deepa Chadha, Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Corporate Affairs or Air Vistara visited Maj. Gen. Bakshi and tendered an official apology

Shekhar Gupta says ‘latest’ CVoter survey predicts BJP getting 220 in 2019 elections, Yashwant Deshmukh calls it fake news

Yashwant Deshmukh of CVoter, putting the record straight said that CVoter has respected the Election Commission embargo and has not released any vote or seat numbers once the election process started.

Rahul Gandhi talks while PM Modi delivers the Make In India promise: Apple to shift mass production of iPhones from China to India

While Bengaluru unit of Apple was already manufacturing older models, the new facility will manufacture newer phones

Watch: Digvijay Singh spreads the Rs. 15 lakh lie at a public rally, boy does a ‘surgical strike’ on him

Congress leader Digvijay Singh, while addressing a public rally and attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tauntingly asked the people whether they received the amount of Rs 15 lakh in their accounts.
Web of dubious transactions featuring 'RG', 'SG', 'AP' and 'DKS': Tale of Kempareddy Govindaraj, Parliamentary Secretary to Siddaramaiah and the seized diary

Web of dubious transactions featuring ‘RG’, ‘SG’, ‘AP’ and ‘DKS’: Tale of K Govindaraj, Parliamentary Secretary to Siddaramaiah and the seized diary

In March 2016, the IT Department conducted raids on K. Govindaraj, Parliamentary Secretary to the then Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah and a member of the Legislative Council of the state.

‘Liberals’ addressing Yogi Adityanath by his birth name is a reflection of their deep seated Hinduphobia

The elevation of Yogi Adityanath to the seat of Chief Minister of India's most populous state ruffled many feathers and it's hardly surprising that they are throwing everything at him in the desperate hope that something will stick.

Latest articles

Connect with us

157,071FansLike
129,987FollowersFollow
54,517SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these

Sharing is caring - Share This Post and Support: