Stand united to tackle growing drug menace: Jarkar


AALO, July 30: In a bid to contain growing problems of drug menace and social problems created by addicted youth, Tax & Excise, Tourism & Cultural Affairs Minister Jarkar Gamlin today exhorted one ad all to stand united against such vices.

Addressing officers of West Siang district administration, police, public and NGO representatives here, Gamlin termed drug and alcoholism among the GenNext as detrimental for a peaceful society. Drug peddlers are responsible for such destructive social phenomenon, he said and advocated brining them to book and award exemplary punishments.

Giving a call for united efforts, he said that most of the officers being locals need to play proactive role to contain the growing menace of drug through awareness campaign, he emphatically said.

Plying of vehicles by young boys after 9 pm unless urgently needed should be strictly regulated by the police, particularly reckless driving. Schemes for alternative avenues and recreational centres can be funded, but land scarcity is a problem, he reasoned.

West Siang DC Swetika Sachan, in her presidential address, disclosed about strategic plans being drawn to check the flow and use of narcotic substances while SP Jummar Basar informed that counseling few addicts languishing in jails with the help of recovered addicts is in offing.

Drug has a serious bearing on the society which calls for joint effort to contain it, said Er. Tumto Kamchi while EAC (judicial) Liyi Bagra said that Basar designated court convict the peddlers under different sections of laws and Acts which he highlighted. This menace can be contained only if all stakeholders of the society play serious role and parents of the addicts extend their support too before forest ACF, APEDA Dy director and OC Minli Geyi suggested remedial steps.

Aalo Town People’s Welfare & Development Society chairperson Kento Ete stressed on supporting the Mother’s Vision to wage war on drug menace. Administration should give incentive and financial assistances to this active NGO to take up the cause to its logical conclusion, he said, and attributed lack of parental role responsible for their children going wayward.

Resource persons Kennedy Bagra spoke on drugs, its uses, misuses & abuses, steps for proper counseling to addicts to bring them back to mainstream.

Quoting adage – An idle brain is devil’s workshop -, Mother’s Vision chairperson Jumde Yomgam Gamlin termed it as the root cause of evil practices and called for working out avenues to engage the young minds like sports. She  stressed on strict imposition of prohibitory orders on sale of ghutkas in ghumtis at all sensitive locations, awareness campaigns in various schools of the district and sought cooperation of all section of the people to make it a people’s moment to free youths from dungeon of  drug abuse.

This prompted the minister to announce Rs. 3 lakh for Mothers’ Vision and Rs. 2 lakh for the police for effective awareness campaign. (DIPRO)

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