A government official has gone beyond the call of duty to chalk-out a three-pronged strategy to wean off more than 200 youth of Sosan village in the district away from drugs. Greenery, sports and water conservation have been used as the pull factor for the youth to ensure that they do not get any time to indulge in drugs.
As an achievement, the youth have set up a complete set of equipment for rainwater harvesting within a year of getting started.
A social activist and an official with the health and family welfare department Rachhpal Singh Sosan and his companion Gurwant Singh Sivia have morphed the youngsters into a team and led a slow process for change. The financial support came from contributions from the around 1,800 villagers and some NRIs are also reported to have pitched in.
To covert the village into a green hub, the Sant Mahesh Muni Sports and Welfare club has converted the deserted areas of the village into modern parks. The gurdwara premises have been turned into a modern park with foreign plants and grassy lawns.
A rainwater harvesting system has been developed to collect rain water for maintenance of plants in the park. Sant Jagjit Singh Seechewal, an assistant to Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, also inspected the rainwater harvesting facility.
To encourage sporting culture, four kabaddi teams have been formed.
Volleyball, tug-of-war and kho-kho teams can also be seen practicing within the premises of the gurdwara. The youth also attend morning and evening prayers at the Gurdwara Sahib, simultaneously.
"We have made a lot of progress. The next step is the installation of a treatment plant to make the ground water fit for irrigation.
Under this project, water will be treated in a natural manner and the open sewerage will be replaced with an underground pipeline," said Sosan.
Moga deputy commissioner Arashdeep Singh Thind said, "The youngsters of other villages should follow the footsteps of Sosan village and the panchayats and villagers should support them to make Punjab green and drug free".