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No mudslinging, join hands against drug menace: Experts

Khanna said that it is the responsibility of society should come forward for the help of substance users.

Instead of mudslinging against each other, all should unite against drug menace – echoed experts at the round table conference against drug menace which was organised by Joshi Foundation Thursday.

The conference was held at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and was attended by Union Minister Vijay Sampla, Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna, former Punjab minister and MLA Jalandhar Manoranjan Kalia and many others. Talking on the issue, Vijay Sampla said that drug menace was an outcome of the entire system’s failure.

“The family, society and government’s laxities have led to the drug menace seeping in society and taking such serious proportions. In the times of materialism, parents have sidelined their emotions towards their children due to which the kids are finding solace in drug addiction,” he said.

Avinash Rai Khanna said that it is the responsibility of society should come forward for the help of substance users. “Youngsters should be imparted army-like discipline at the school level and encourage them towards sports to keep them away from drugs,” he said.

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Another politician Manoranjan Kalia said that drug addiction was a major cause of concern for not only the Punjab but for the entire world. “Every individual, family and government would have to make collective efforts to make society drug free. Due to lack of societal guidance the youngsters were getting carried away towards drugs and hence the need was to strengthen family as a unit,” he added.

The Joshi Foundation’s president and media advisor to Punjab government, Vineet Joshi said that Punjab was getting defamed owing to drug addiction. He added that the Joshi Foundation has taken up cudgels against this under which different programs would be held in all the districts of Punjab.

Others who participated in the debate included minority commission chairman Rajesh Bagha, information commissioner Surinder Awasthi, International food and trade analyst Devinder Sharma, former DGP Punjab PC Dogra, RSS Punjab joint general secretary Amrit Sagar, cardiologist Dr H K Bali, Punjab Information Commissioner Surinder Awasthi, Kheti Virasat Mission’s director Umendra Dutt.

First published on: 09-01-2015 at 11:47 IST
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