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A unique literary meet in Pune on anti-addiction

In a unique attempt to create awareness against addiction among people, the Maharashtra government will organize a first-ever literary meet on the theme of anti-addiction (Vyasanmukti Sahitya Sammelan) in Pune on October 2 this year. Pradip Kumar Maitra reports.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2012 19:32 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra

In a unique attempt to create awareness against addiction among people, the Maharashtra government will organize a first-ever literary meet on the theme of anti-addiction (Vyasanmukti Sahitya Sammelan) in Pune on October 2 this year.

Informing this, Maharashtra minister for social justice and de-addiction, Shivajirao Moghe said that the proposed literary convention would highlight the negatives of addiction.

According to him, the department has instituted cash awards for those promoting anti-addiction through plays, articles, poems, novels, news reports and awareness campaigns. An individual will be given Rs 15,000 while an institution will be given Rs 30,000 cash prize. For this, applications have been invited by the department.

Moghe said that prominent literary figures would be invited for debate and discuss the issue during the one-day literary meet. "Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan will inaugurate the meet," he said.

The minister said, "Thousands of families are ruined due to liquor or substance addiction. Sadly, there has been no great literary work, play (like Ekach pyala written by noted playwright Ram Ganesh Gadkari) on the subject. The move is an attempt to encourage more art form to address the issue in coming days. A play, work of an art, or literature can motivate people to give up addiction."

The Maharashtra government has sanctioned Rs 25 crore for campaign against addiction in the current financial year.

Noted social worker Sindhutai Sapkal will be one of the brand ambassadors of the department against addiction while it is still trying to rope in the prominent Bollywood actor Amir Khan for the campaign, Moghe informed.

To a question, he said that Sapkal would be very effective with women who bear the brunt when families are destroyed as men become slaves of vices. "She (Sindhutai) has accepted our proposal and has given a consent to campaign for us in this regard," he added.