In what seems rubbishing the tall claims as well as efforts being made by the government to eliminate the drug menace, folk singers at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), who were invited to entertain the visitors, sang songs that promoted drugs and alcoholism on the concluding day of the Kisan Mela on Saturday.
Punjab agriculture and NRI affairs minister Total Singh had on Friday stressed on eradication of drugs from the state.
When the HT correspondent reached the spot on Saturday, a singer was busy enthusiastically singing ‘mitra da rang pakka afeem varga.’ His female counterpart also sung ‘ashaq vende menu peg par ke’. These singers have performed many a times at the PAU during the farmers’ festivals.
A day before, a noted Punjabi singer, who performed on the opening day, also sang a song that talked about ‘afeem’ in presence of the dignitaries at PAU.
Though the singers also presented some songs related to the farmers’ problems, but songs on drugs presented their bad image before the farmers.
A group of farmers said, “Each one of them sang inspiring songs on culture and farmers’ problems but they have done wrong by singing songs which were promoting drugs. PAU shouldn’t allow such practices on campus. The state government should ban such songs.”
‘Make dope test must for politicians’
Several members of the Ex-Servicemen Welfare Society, Ludhiana, are elated over the agriculture and NRI affairs minister, Tota Singh’s, suggestion to make dope test compulsory for all the people who wish to make career in politics.
Society’s general secretary Major Sher Singh Aulakh (retired) said that this practise would discourage political leaders from taking drugs.