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PPP launches 'Putt Bachao Muhim'

HT Correspondent  Jalandhar, February 01, 2014
First Published: 21:52 IST(1/2/2014) | Last Updated: 15:35 IST(2/2/2014)

People's Party of Punjab (PPP), on Saturday, launched "Putt Bachao Muhim" (Save our sons campaign) here by bringing together drug addicts, their parents, doctors and NGOs on one platform.

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Interacting with drug abusers and their families, PPP asked them to narrate their experiences, their source of procurement of drugs, and the problems they and their families faced during their traumatic experience.

Nearly 25 drug abusers and their families narrated their harrowing experiences of having fallen into the trap, and revealed substantial information about the modus operandi of the drug trade.

"We are going to urban and rural people and students to spread awareness about drug abuse.  We are engaging doctors and experts to inquire about the circumstances leading to drug abuse among the youth. Besides this, NGOs are also being engaged to inquire into social, political and financial circumstances of the state due to which there is increase in consumption of drugs," said PPP president Manpreet Singh Badal.

"We are also in touch with the retired police and BSF personnel and sportsmen to know about the modus operandi of spread of drugs. This is our launch of the campaign, and from tomorrow, our cadres will spread all over Punjab and probe the issue of drug abuse," said Manpreet.

Accompanied by Baba Rajinder Singh Johal and Navjot Dahiya, district presidents of PPP, Manpreet Badal said that it was their attempt to bring political workers, religious and community leadership, NGOs and the affected families together at one platform. "This is a four-pronged strategy of getting four major components of the civil society together to tackle the menace in Punjab," he said.

He said that in continuation of the programme,

An interaction is being organised tomorrow at Ropar at Bela Chowk. The next day, a similar event is being held at Bhananmal Trust in Bathinda.

"At every place, the PPP will make inquiries about the sources of drugs, investigate the pattern, and prepare a report by the end of the month," the PPP President said. A final report called the "People's Probe" will be ready by March for release. The probe will catalogue its findings and will be made available to the public so that they can be aware of the modus operandi of the drug trade in Punjab.

The PPP accused the state government of failure in tackling the drug menace. There are allegations that senior functionaries of the government are beneficiaries of the drug trade and this is the reason why it is hesitant to initiate action against the accused.

The party also expressed surprise at the availability of a huge quantity of synthetic drugs in Punjab.

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