Chandigarh : Criticizing the Punjab government over the issue of drug menace, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday claimed that ongoing police recruitment process has showed the “gravity” of drug abuse and unemployment in the state.

  As per the data of State’s Home Department headed by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal himself, more than seven lakhs youth applied for the 7400 vacancies of constables, which shows the state of unemployment in Punjab and even some of the applicants are highly educated, as compared to the needed qualification for the post of constable, party spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira said. Even the seriousness of the drug menace could be gauged from the fact that hundreds of the applicants were tested “positive” for drugs in the dope test, which could be an eye-opener for Akalis to accept the gravity of drug menace in Punjab, he told PTI.

He alleged that for massive unemployment and drug abuse, PPCC Chief Captain Amarinder Singh is also equally responsible as he also did not do anything to create employment opportunities for youth. “When Punjab Congchief Amarinder Singh is demanding five year for his rule, public wants to know his performance of five years from 2002 to 2017 when he was installed as Chief Minister by them,” Khaira said.

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