‘International Day against Drug Abuse, Illicit Trafficking’ observed

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, June 26: Rallies, painting competitions, symposium, etc were organised across the State to observe “International Day against Drug Abuse, Illicit Trafficking”.
Drug and Food Control Organisation, observed “ International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit Drug Trafficking” on the theme “ Think Health, Not Drugs”.
On the occasion, Minister for Health, Horticulture and Floriculture, Sham Lal Sharma, was the chief guest, who while speaking, highlighted the need to generate mass awareness about the harmful effects of Drug Abuse. He stressed on the need of the hour to curb this social evil. He also inaugurated a painting exhibition of Suresh Sharma.
Satish Gupta, Controller Drugs and Food Control Organisation, gave details of the activities being carried out by the Department.
Lotika Khajuria, Deputy Controller, Drugs and Food Control Organisation, read the inaugural address and also highlighted the achievements of the organization and stressed that allied agencies like Police, Excise, Revenue, Narcotics Control Bureau, etc can bring down the scale of drug abuse.
Parbhat Singh, SSP, made an appeal to the public to report street peddlers to the Police.
Over three hundred students drawn from various Government and private educational institutions of Udhampur town carrying banners and placards on ill effects of drugs marched through the main locations of the town  and finally culminated at Deputy Commissioner’s Office Complex.
District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, PK Pole, accompanied by Senior Superintendent of Police, Askhor Wani formally flagged off the rally from Mini Stadium, Udhampur.
The rally was organized by Department of Drugs and Food Control Organisation in collaboration with the Department of Information and Education. The District Chemist and Drug Association Udhampur also extended its supports to make the rally a success.
DDC said that district administration has chalked out a comprehensive fortnight awareness programme of drug abuse and illicit trafficking at different parts of the district in tandem with concerned Health, Education, Information, Police and Food and Drug Control Organisation.
Similarly, an awareness rally on the ill effects of drugs was also organized at Reasi. Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, Nirmal Sharma flagged off the rally from the DC Office Complex which marched through the main locations of the bazaar and finally culminated at the starting point.
The rally was organized by Food and Drug Control Organization, Reasi in which district officers with staff, NGOs, Chemist Association Reasi and locals of the town participated in the rally.
Narcotics Control Bureau organised a Painting competition at Ved Mandir, Amphalla, to observe “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”. The theme of the competition was “Drug abuse and its ill effects”, in which around thirty children participated. Asha Kumari, Simran and Akash Badyal stood first, second and third respectively. Trophies were distributed among the winners by the bureau through Pushottam Sharma, vice president of the Niketan.
Drug and Food Control Organization in collaboration with District Red Cross Society, Samba organised an awareness programme in the premises of Child Development Project Officer, Vijaypur to observe “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”. A symposium was also organized in which the students of Government Degree College, Samba and Vaid Higher Secondary School, Vijaypur participated. Assistant Controller, Drugs, Samba presented a brief on the issue of drug abuse. Dr Sanjiv Puri, Medical Officer, Vijaypur highlighted the ill effects of drugs. District Development Commissioner, Samba, Mubarak Singh, who was the chief guest on the occasion, shared his views on menace of drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
“International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” was observed in all the health institutions of block Purmandal. During the programme, the people were made aware about the drug abuse, its complications, prevention and treatment. The speakers elaborated the different policies of the State health department regarding counseling and treatment of the people who have fallen prey to drug abuse.
On the occasion of “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”, People Forum for Human Values, district Samba, organised an anti drug rally, which started from Bus Stand, passed through various bazaars and culminated at Link Road. The aim of the rally was to make the students and general masses aware about bad effects of the drugs on health and wealth of the people.
Students and staff members of Government Degree College, Kishtwar, observed “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”. While speaking, Principal of the college, Dr Shafqat Hussain Rafiqi, deliberated the students about the menace of drug abuse and illegal trafficking. Later on, a rally was organised, which started from college campus, passed through main bazaar and culminated at DC Office. During the rally, students were carrying banners and placards, displaying the detrimental effects of drug addiction.
A workshop cum Seminar on drug abuse and disaster preparedness was held at Government Degree College, Bhaderwah to observe “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”, in which students and faculty members participated. Principal of the college, Prof RK Raina, delivered lectures on the menace of drug addiction. Participants were also given training for first aid and civil defence structure. The lectures were followed by a mock drill exercise on how to respond and rescue in emergencies. Prof Bashrat Iqbal, HOD English, spoke on alarming rise of drug abuse in Bhaderwah town. After the workshop cum seminar, a rally was also taken out which started from college and culminated at old bus stand.
Voice observed “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” at Transport Nagar, and awared the truckers and general masses about the bad effects of the drugs. On the occasion, various speakers registered healthy life style. The publicity material was also distributed among the participants.

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