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Finally, Tarn Taran admn officially opens up on drug trade in Punjab

‘Agg lagge Nashean de vapar nu, Jihne dob ditta Ankhi Punjab nu’ (May the drug trade burn in hell, as it has ruined self-respectful Punjab) was the slogan that appeared on the banners displayed at the district-level high profile drug awareness function organised by the district administration at Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

punjab Updated: Feb 22, 2017 18:26 IST
Surjit Singh
An anti­drug banner put up by the district administration in Tarn Taran on Tuesday.
An anti­drug banner put up by the district administration in Tarn Taran on Tuesday.(GURPREET SINGH/HT PHOTO)

‘Agg lagge Nashean de vapar nu, Jihne dob ditta Ankhi Punjab nu’ (May the drug trade burn in hell, as it has ruined self-respectful Punjab) was the slogan that appeared on the banners displayed at the district-level high profile drug awareness function organised by the district administration at Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

So far, the Shiromani Akali Dal-led Punjab government has been refuting the drug menace in Punjab and terming it as ‘false propaganda of the Opposition to defame the state’. However, by organising such an event after the assembly polls, the district administration under the SAD rule has finally admitted to the drug menace engulfing the youth of the state.

More than 1,000 drug addicts and their families were invited to the seminar in the district, considered the worst-affected area along the Indo-Pak border.

DC DPS Kharbanda honouring Dr JPS Bhatia (right) during an anti­drug awareness function in Tarn Taran on Tuesday. (GURPREET SINGH/HT PHOTO)

Although the drug addicts did not attend the event in full strength, the fact came on record from the district administration which kept mum till now on the issue, that the situation is dire here.

“Drug addiction has reached a very dangerous stage. From teenagers to elderly men, all are coming to de-addiction centres,” said Dr Ranbir Singh Rana, in-charge of Government Rehabilitation Centre at Tharu village.

Also, deputy commissioner (DC) DPS Kharbanda, who initiated to launch an official drive against drugs, asked the audience to change the world’s perception of Punjab being known for drugs.

Besides, the administration also called over 400 sarpanches and numberdars for the seminar. They were asked to ensure preventive measures against drugs in their respective villages.

Kharbanda said, “Granthis should also be involved in the mission. They should be asked to give messages against drugs in gurdwaras daily, besides prayers.”

On being questioned about state government approach of not allowing the issue to be highlighted, the DC said, “We should not indulge into criticism and make concrete efforts to save our society.” Civil surgeon Dr Shamsher Singh said as many as 2,000 drug addicts are receiving treatment in drug de-addiction centres and hospitals across the district.

In collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society, Nehru Yuva Kendra and other NGOs, the administration also screened films on drugs situation in Punjab, despite the fact that before polls, the ruling party opposed ‘Udta Punjab’ movie alleging that it has been made to defame the state. Notably, almost all government employees were present on the occasion. Dr JPS Bhatia, psychtric Dr PD Garg and SSP Harjit Singh were prominent among the speaker at the seminar.