A round-table conference of Joshi Foundation was held at SAS Nagar on Monday where deliberations focused on practical suggestions to draw youngsters out of the trap of drug addiction.
Some of the measures that came out included parents making efforts to improve their interaction with the children and studying their habits. A concerted effort has to be made and societal policing has to be reintroduced was another broad point of agreement.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna, SGPC member and chairperson Punjab State Women Commission Paramjit Kaur Landran and Joshi Foundation chairman and Punjab government’s assistant media advisor Vineet Joshi and 12 other dignitaries were part of the discussion.
Khanna said, “Drugs have emerged as a major challenge for Punjab, the country and the world and law alone is not enough. Societal awakening is needed to slain the monster of drugs.”
Starting the conference, Joshi said a debate was raging about the number of youngsters caught in drug addiction.“A faction says that drug addiction has spread wide amongst youngsters, while the other faction says that it’s a conspiracy to defame Punjab. There is no empirical evidence with either side,” he said.
Punjab State Women Commission chairperson Paramjit Kaur Landran said drug addiction was the main cause of family fights and domestic violence in cases that they handled at the commission.
Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna and union minister Vijay Sampla are associated with the Joshi Foundation as ambassadors.