Punjab governor Kaptan Singh Solanki has requested people to cooperate with the state government in the fight against drug trade and addiction.
"The Punjab government has resolved to banish drugs from the state. The People of Punjab need to cooperate to help it save the youth," the governor said on Sunday in his Republic Day message here. He greeted all countrymen and armed forces guarding the frontiers on the day and acknowledged the role farmers, labourers, industrialists, and in building the nation.
"Agricultural state Punjab has helped the nation by contributing maximum food grains to the central pool for the past five decades. Our agricultural scientists and technologists are educating farmers about innovative techniques," he said, adding: "The contribution of Punjab to the country's freedom movement is unmatched."
Solanki remembered the martyrs from the region and referred to the significance of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (mission to clean India).
He also said female foeticide posed a serious threat to society. Referring to the Nani Chhaan campaign, he said it had been launched to save the girl child and promote environmental conservation by planting saplings to celebrate her birth. "I am confident that the people of Punjab and Chandigarh, who have always been torchbearers in every movement for change, will emerge as role models for the rest of the country again," he said.
Solanki appreciated the initiatives of the Punjab government and the Chandigarh administration for harnessing solar energy. "Let us renew our pledge to make Punjab and the country strong and vibrant," he stated.