LG Vows To Bring Back ‘Misguided’ Youth Into Mainstream

‘Malicious Attempts Being Made To Push Youth Into Drug Menace, Keep Them Away From Mainstream’

Srinagar: Claiming that malicious attempts are being made to push youth into the menace of drugs keeping them away from the mainstream, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Friday pledged to take a firm stance against drug abuse to give a befitting reply to narco-terrorism and bring back the misguided youth into mainstream arena.

Addressing the ‘Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’ awards ceremony held at SKICC here, through virtual mode on Friday, the LG said that drug abuse has emerged as one of the most serious social problems across the globe tearing apart our social fabric and posing a threat to mankind, an official spokesperson said.

The LG, he said, maintained that the UT Government was making dedicated efforts through its action plans, innovative prevention & rehabilitation strategies, besides creating supportive infrastructure, and continuous awareness dissemination to eradicate drug menace from Jammu & Kashmir.

“The active participation of 3 lakh youth, 2.7 lakh women and more than 500 educational institutions have strengthened the government’s efforts to combat drug abuse in J&K,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson.

“Malicious attempts are being made to push J&K’s Youth into the menace of drugs keeping them away from the mainstream. Let us all reaffirm our resolve and take a firm stance against drug abuse to give a befitting reply to Narco-Terrorism and bring back the misguided youth into mainstream arena,” he added.

Addressing the youth, the official spokesperson said that the LG advised them to move ahead, participate in the development process and be role models for others.

“I have full faith in the potential of the youth of J&K. We are committed to connect the present and future generations with the hopes and aspirations of their progress and build a society in which the Youth is the key driver of the development and prosperity of J&K,” Sinha said.

As per the official spokesperson, the LG said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paved the way for combating drug abuse through the National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction in 2018 which is having a greater impact in rooting out the evil of drugs from the society.

Sinha, he said, also underlined the importance of implementing multi pronged strategies like effective prevention strategies based on the community level and having an awaked social setting.

“Now is the time for more synergized and comprehensive efforts to fight drug menace,” the LG said.

“Along with this, the youth clubs that have been set up in all the panchayats and wards of urban local bodies in Jammu and Kashmir will act as a catalyst in this direction,” he added.

Expressing happiness over the awareness programs that are being run in Rajouri, Kishtwar, Budgam districts by connecting Gram Sabha and Anganwadi workers to this campaign, the LG, as per the official spokesperson asked the DCs to identify fake de-addiction centers being run in both the Jammu and Kashmir divisions and take action against such centers within the ambit of law.

The official spokesperson said that the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr Virendra Kumar conferred Nasha Mukht Bharat Abhiyan awards under different categories in the award ceremony aimed at acknowledging the contributions of District Administrations, NGOs, and volunteers in eradicating the menace of drugs.

In his address, the LG, he said, extended his sincere gratitude to the Union Minister for his cooperation and support to the mass movement against drug abuse in 10 districts of J&K.

Speaking on the occasion, he said, the Union Minister commended the administration of 10 districts of J&K for performing well under this campaign and tackling the social evil of drug menace to a larger extent.

“This award ceremony showcases the great work of people whose tireless efforts have reduced this problem across the country,” Kumar said.

According to the official spokesperson, the Union Minister highlighted the important role of public representatives, PRIs, local population and NGOs in making the society drug-free. Kumar, he said, also announced that a special camp for specially-abled people at Jammu and Srinagar will be held soon for the distribution of various aids to them.

Under the category of best Deputy Commissioners, DC Anantnag, Dr Piyush Singla; DC, Budgam Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza and DC Rajouri, Rajesh Shavan bagged 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize respectively.

Similarly, under the category of NGO’s, Cultural Educational and Environmental Organization, Budgam bagged first prize while Ali Sports Academy, Bandipora and Human Welfare Voluntary Organization Pulwama bagged 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Likewise, Government Degree College Anantnag bagged the first prize in best college category and Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School, Kulgam in the best school category.

A booklet on the last 15 months achievements of Jammu and Kashmir under Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan was also released on the occasion, the official spokesperson said.

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