Kaptan Singh Solanki, governor of Haryana and Punjab, called for need to eradicate drug menace, saying "drug addiction ruins health and character of individuals".
Talking at a daylong seminar on drugs and abuse of women organised by the forum for awareness of national security in Panchkula, Solanki said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, had accepted said that the money made from smuggling of drugs was being used to encourage terrorist activities, which was a matter of great concern.
According to a survey, about 15 to 20 years ago, only one among 300 was found to be a drug addict. But today, one out of every 20 persons is a drug addict. The scenario in metropolitan cities is much worse, as six men and four women out of every ten persons are found to be hooked to drugs.
"Spreading awareness against the menace is the only way out of the situation. Participation of people in the campaign is more important than the government in spreading awareness,"the governor said, adding the forum should associate maximum number of people with it so that the awareness drive takes the form of a public movement.
KPS Gill, retired IPS officer, shared his experience of combating terror in Punjab, thereby tracing the routes of drug trafficking business and destroying them from routes.
There are about 6% of women in prisons. But these 6%, too, don't get sanitary napkins on time and there are no separate toilets for women in police stations, because that the law was made keeping in mind that only men will be criminals.
KP Singh, director general of police, Haryana, pointed out that laws at all levels of hierarchy needed to be drafted while considering the viewpoint of women.
Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju, who was the chief guest, said drugs posed a big challenge before the country.
"In order to take people out of the grip of drug addiction, a drive should be launched, in which people from all social organisations should be taken along and support the formation of a healthy society. More than 90% of the smuggling relates to drugs, which is weakening the foundation of our nation,"he said.
Indresh Kumar, chief patron, Forum for Awareness of National Security, said the main motive of the forum was to take the services of IAS, IPS and defence officers to deal with the challenges the country faced.
Referring to the drugs menace, Kumar said that in 2012-13, drug business totaled Rs 400 crore in India and its benefit straightaway went to the terrorists. On the occasion, Solanki and Rijiju released a calendar in the memory of martyrs.