The city has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, and the drug menace has become a priority issue for the city police. The Cyberabad police are in plans to launch Anti-Drug Abuse committees. While similar committees have been launched in schools and colleges in the Madhapur zone, they now intend to launch them in the IT corridor in the city.
The initiatives aim to reach out to the corporate offices and spread awareness among IT professionals regarding the ill effects of drugs. The approach is ‘awareness and strict enforcement to make workplaces drug-free.’The police share that work stress, peer pressure, and weekend parties have been luring techies or those working in software firms into taking narcotic substances. They add that marijuana and hashish oil are in demand when it comes to techies in the city.
Now, with offices calling back staff and the slow return of employees, the police hope to identify drug peddlers and consumers with the help of office management. The whole purpose is to make sure that people don’t turn to drugs either for pleasure or to overcome sadness.
Keeping the brand image of Hyderabad as an IT Hub, the Cyberabad police and Society for Cyberabad Security and Council (SCSC) have come up with this initiative. Just to go into figures, Hi-Tec city is home to around 1000 companies, big, small and medium. There are approximately 6.5 lakh people working in them.
The committee for Cyberabad will comprise IT firms, police, SCSC office bearers, techies, and NGOs. The committees will be organizing awareness programs at companies and will highlight the impact of drug usage on family, personality, health, professional lives, and community in general. During such sessions, the legal angles of being drug abusers or drug peddlers will also be briefed.
The task of forming committees is going on, and the Cyberabad police hope they will be operating soon.