Solan: While addressing the Anti Drug Rally at famous Thodo Ground at Solan today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government was contemplating to introduce syllabus regarding drug abuse in the school syllabus, to sensitise the younger generation about ill effects of this social vice.He said that all the youth must be motivated to say 'no to drugs and yes to life' only then the state can be truly being called as the Dev Bhoomi. He said that it was an historic day today as the nation was celebrating Police Martyrs Day. He said that in addition, it was on this day that 75 years ago Neta Ji Subhash Chandra Bose formed Azad Hind Army to free the Nation from foreign clutches.
The Chief Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has today dedicated National Police Memorial and Museum at New Delhi for the nation in memory of our brave police forces. He said that drug abuse, particularly amongst the youth, was a matter of concern and Himachal was also no exception. He said that in order to check drug peddling from the neighbouring States, the state government is taking strict action.Jai Ram Thakur said that it was on his initiative that the meeting of the Chief Ministers of Northern States was held at Chandigarh recently to deliberate of this vital issue and frame a joint strategy to curb this menace. He said that it was decided in meeting that all the four states would launch a joint operation to eradicate this vice from the society. Efforts would also be made to start joint operation along the border areas to nab the drug paddlers. Simultaneously, state government was also contemplating to frame stringent laws to punish those involved in drug peddling.
The Chief Minister said that the role of parents and teachers was also vital in curbing the drug abuse. Parents should keep an eye on the behavioural changes of their child. He said that due to the social stigma involved with drug abuse at times the parents of drug addict child ignores the early symptoms of their child and when the situation is worse, usually it is too late. He said that use of synthetic drug was even more dangerous and alarming and it was the need of the hour to make the Anti Drug Abuse a mass movement, only then the future of our country could be safe. Jai Ram Thakur urged the students to say no to drugs and also motivate those involved in drug abuse to leave this vice otherwise life would leave him or her. The state government would make all out efforts to check out this social vice. He said that efforts would be made to make drug peddling a non bailable offence.
The Chief Minister also administered oath to the students to say no to drugs and check drug abuse. Later, the Chief Minister on the occasion of Maharishi Balmiki Pragatosav visited Balmiki Temple at Solan and performed puja. He said that Maharishi Balmiki has immense contribution towards the mankind. He was not only the creator of Balmiki Ramayana, but a great saint.Hundreds of students from different educational institutions, youth and general people participated in the Anti Drug Rally.Speaker of State Vidhan Sabha Dr. Rajiv Bindal while addressing the Anti Drug Rally said that organising this rally in the historic Thodo Ground shows the commitment of the state government to make our society drug free. He said that it becomes the duty of each one of us to supplement the efforts of the state government to root out this vice from the society.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal said that the endeavour of the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was to make Himachal Pradesh Drug Free State. He said that to achieve the goal collective efforts were required, as life was precious and demon of the drug abuse must be killed. Member of Parliament Virender Kashyap said that Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was committed to eradicate the menace of drug abuse from the state and for this the government has taken major steps. He said that the endeavour of the state government was to make Himachal Pradesh a ‘Dev Bhoomi’ in real sense and it becomes the social responsibility of each one of us to eradicate this vice from the society. Dr. Virender Mohan, a renowned physician from the area, said that especially the age group of twelve to eighteen years were highly vulnerable to the drug abuse. This may be due to the peer pressure or some other factor. He said that the teachers and parents must also keep an eye on the behavioural change among children. Any abnormal behaviour should be taken seriously.
Deputy Commissioner Vinod Kumar presented vote of thanks. Earlier, Superintendent of Police Solan Madhusudan Sharma welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion. He also gave a detailed account regarding ill effects of drug abuse. He also traced the history of drug trail in Asian region. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also inaugurated Mahila Police Station at old Deputy Commissioner Office at the Mall Solan. MLA Doon Paramjit Singh Pammi, MLA Solan Col. Dr. Dhani Ram Shandil, Chairperson State Women Commission Dr. Daisy Thakur, Vice Chairman Khadi Board Purshottam Gularia, Former MLA Vinod Chandel, BJP leaders H.N. Kashyap and Dr. Rajesh Kashyap, IG police Punita Bhardwaj were also present on the occasion.