Punjab rural development and panchayat minister, Sikander Singh Maluka, on Thursday emphasised the need for launching the collective strategy to tackle drug menace plaguing society.
Speaking at a function after releasing the July edition of 'Sade Pind' magazine at Vikas Bhavan on Thursday, Maluka said: “In our national war against drug addiction, right from panchayat to non-government organizations, will have to join hands.”
Th minister added that village representatives should identify the drug addicts of their respective regions and should motivate them to join de-addiction centers run by the state government.
Maluka also said combined efforts are needed to deracinate drugs from Punjab and other states.
The minister added that government was already running camps and seminars in villages to educate people about hazardous effects of drugs. He said sports played a critical role against drug addiction and panchayats should organise different sports festivals for youths.