Govt turns down HP, others request for opium farming
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 00:55
  
New Delhi: The government has turned down a request from Himachal Pradesh and others to allow cultivation of opium on the ground that it was not feasible, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Requests for allowing cultivation of opium had been received from Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Uttarakhand, Minister of State for Finance S S Palanimanickam said in a written reply.

The government did not consider the request to be feasible in view of the fact that opium cultivation is carried out under strict licensing conditions and supervision of the Central Bureau of Narcotics, he said.

Besides, the requirement of opium for medicinal and scientific purposes is completely met from the licensed cultivation in notified tracts in three traditional opium cultivation states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the minister added.

In reply to a question from a member of Parliament from Shimla Virendra Kashyap, Palanimanickam categorically denied any state being discriminated in this regard.

Opium is cultivated illegally in vast stretches of land in the Kullu valley in HP.

-PTI


First Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 00:55


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