To create awareness about drug menace, an international non-profit organisation, with its headquarters at Baru Sahib in Sirmour (Himachal Pradesh), held the second annual social and spiritual event, Shaam-e-Roohani 2016, at Punjab Kala Bhawan in Sector 16 on Sunday.
Organised by the Kalgidhar Trust, the event included instrumental performance by the students of Akal College of Divine Music, Eternal University, Baru Sahib; a play on drug-addiction – Tabaah; mime act – Heal the World and video presentation showcasing the trust’s first de-addiction centre (Akal Drug De Addiction Centre) located in Malwa belt – Cheema Sahib in Sangrur, which has successfully treated more than 4,500 addicts till now.
Baba Iqbal Singh Ji, president, The Kalgidhar Trust, said: “The Kalgidhar Trust has taken up the mission of eradicating drug addiction in Punjab head on with a vision to ultimately open 22 de-addiction centres in Punjab with the active support of our volunteers and public at large.”
Dr (Col) Rajinder Singh, director, De Addiction Projects, said although drug addiction is a global problem, it has a local dimension in the youths of Punjab, because of the state’s proximity to the Golden Crescent (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran). “Through this event, we are making an appeal to the whole society to join us in the fight against drug addiction. If we don’t take up this challenge now, then in the next few years every family in Punjab will have an addict, including ours,” added Singh.
The trust is now opening its centre at Chunni Kalan, Fatehgarh Sahib, to help the addicts of Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula and adjoining areas.