Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra on Saturday called for providing an alternative livelihood option to opium growers in order to curb the menace posed by opium cultivation in the state, especially in eastern Arunachal districts.
Emphasizing that opium cultivation must be stopped, the Governor said that the administration must take appropriate action to restrain the people from opium cultivation and instead encourage them to take up alternative cash crop cultivation, including horticultural activities.
The Governor said this during his meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who called on him at Raj Bhavan here today.
Earlier, the Deputy Chief Minister briefed the Governor on his recent tour to eastern part of the state “with a focus on opium cultivation and drug abuse” as well as the development of the state’s Aspirational district Namsai, a communiqué from the Raj Bhavan said.
Apart from the issue of opium cultivation, the Governor-Deputy Chief Minister’s discussion focused on early start of the State University at Pasighat and finalization of all pending pension cases in various departments of the State Government, the communiqué added.