Srinagar, Jun 26: Calling upon the people from all walks of life to complement the government’s efforts in the fight against the menace of drug abuse, J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday stressed on the importance of spreading awareness about drug de-addiction to save the future of J&K and its people.
“On this International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, let us all reaffirm our resolve and work together eliminating the evil of drug addiction from the society,” the Lt Governor said on Saturday.
He said that J&K government is fully committed to strengthening the action-framework and taking a firm stance against drug abuse, besides providing practical solutions like evidence-based prevention, treatment, and care to emerge as a winner in achieving the goal of creating a drug-free society.
“Youth Clubs are being established in every Panchayat across Jammu and Kashmir for carrying out constructive activities and addressing all the concerns of the young generation, besides a component of Rs 10 crore for drug de-addiction/rehabilitation centres has also been kept in this year’s budget giving a much-needed impetus to the government’s efforts in this regard,” he added.
He said collaborative efforts on the part of every stakeholder are imperative to check the exploitation of our young population. “I urge every individual, communities, and various social organizations to ‘Share Facts on Drugs and Save Lives’ by combating misinformation and promoting the sharing of scientific facts, raising awareness regarding the threat possessed by illicit drugs to the society, the Lt Governor added.
The Lt Governor further called upon the community elders, religious & spiritual heads, mainstream media to be the torch-bearers in spreading the message that “Drug abuse has no place in any civilized society”.
“Every effort on the part of those who are playing an active role in prevention of drug addiction is praiseworthy. By motivating the youth and spreading awareness among them regarding drug de-addiction, we can save precious lives and our future,” the Lt Governor stressed.
The Lt Governor also laid special emphasis on counseling of youth for addressing drug de-addiction and improving mental health through dedicated programmes.