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'Employment generation could prevent drug abuse'

chandigarh Updated: Nov 16, 2014 09:11 IST
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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Saturday shared her concerns about rampant drug abuse both in Punjab and South Carolina.

Her answer to fighting this menace was to generate jobs and provide a better life for the youth.

"The issue of drug abuse is everywhere, and we see more and more drug adducts. When people have jobs, they feel productive and start living a better life," she told ANI.

She said they were also doing the same in South Carolina, and observed that the same was happening in India.

"The economy is turning in India, jobs are coming, it is exciting to see what India is going to be," she said.

She regretted the presence of drug abuse in South Carolina. "This is the reason we need jobs and industry", she said.

About her visit to Punjab, she said,"We certainly recruit companies that want to do business in the U.S., we want them to do business in Western India, but at the same time, we want to see Indian companies doing business in South Carolina."

She also expressed the hope for bilateral exchanges in research and training between universities.

On politics in the United States, Haley said she was hopeful about the Republicans achieving a majority in Congress in Washington.

"It is an interesting time, because we see that people want to see the country going in different direction. They want to see the economy doing better, and they don't want to see us brought down by a government taking over, and it is a result that could be productive," she said.