The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will organise a campaign against narcotics and drugs from March 20 to July 31, during which it will reach out to drug addicts across the state so as to bring them back into the mainstream.
The campaign titled 'Nasha Mukt Lehar' will be launched by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar from Fatehgarh Sahib on March 20.
Giving details about the drive, Satbir Singh, secretary, 'Dharam Prachar Committee' of the SGPC, stated here on Wednesday that a list of SGPC employees, who will be part of this campaign, has been already been prepared. These will include 'pracharaks' (preachers), whose aim would be to use the "power of gurbani" to wean addicts away from drugs.
Fifty villages in each SGPC constituency have already been selected for the drive against drugs. It will be the duty of the SGPC teams to identify or pick out at least 15 addicts in each of the targeted villages.
The profile of each addict will be prepared including his or her economic status, educational level and family background. A psychological profile of the addict will also be prepared and updated from time to time during the de-addiction process.
"The addicts will be involved in group discussions and will be encouraged to give up drugs. Thereafter they will be treated free of cost at de-addiction centres," said Satbir Singh.
The SGPC teams will re-visit the homes of the 'cured' addicts from time to time to keep a tab on their habits. Academicians and religious preachers will also be involved in lecturing the addicts in this regard.
During the campaign, the SGPC preachers will also distribute copies of the Sikh 'rehat maryada' (tenets of Sikhism) at all gurdwaras in the villages selected for the drive. While Satbir Singh will monitor the campaign from the SGPC headquarters here, additional secretary, Santokh Singh will coordinate the drive at the village level.