Ludhiana, April 25

Under the ongoing initiative of Joshi Foundation of its battle against drugs in the state, a round table conference was held at Bachat Bhawan today. At the conference speakers unanimously said that easy accessibility of drugs needs to be arrested to mitigate the drug addiction in state.

The speakers believed that to wean away children from drugs, the parents will have to take some concrete steps and the teachers as well will have to make major contribution.

Addressing the conference the member Rajya Sabha and Joshi Foundation’s member Avinash Rai Khanna said that the society needed to introspect itself on the issue. He said that instead of considering drug addict an accused, he or she should be treated as a patient and should be dealt with patience.

Foundation’s chairman and Punjab government’s assistant media advisor Vineet Joshi said that a collective social campaign is needed to fight against rot like drug addiction. He added that those in power can never usher in change instead it was the people, who will have to take step.

Addressing the conference principal of Master Tara Singh Memorial College Dr Praveen Chawla said that the dip in moral values, parents’ growing distance from children due to their work and the constant motivation of taking up drugs (in various forms0 has wreaked havoc on the children. Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill said that the use of liquor during weddings and other function should be immediately stopped. He said that the public’s representatives will have to take a lead in this context to boycott such functions and create it in the form of a social campaign.

Prof Manjit Randhawa, principal Narinder Kaur, principal PC Goyal and DAV School principal Jaswinder Sidhu believed that by curtailing easy accessibility of drugs parents, teachers and society members would have to come together. He added that the increasing  number of liquor vends were testimony to the dipping moral character of society.

The speakers said that media, police and society should play proactive role in shunning drugs instead of promoting them. They said that instead of making students run for marks, the parents should keep an eye on their children and watch their habits. Sudden deviation from habit, without any possible reason, should be analyzed as it may mark onset of drug addiction.

They also said that the education should be made vocation oriented and children should be motivated to participate more in sports. Prominent among other who spoke at the event included SS Brar, KK Dhir, Neelam Mittal, Abhinav, Vishal, Dr Narinder Kaur Grewal, Dr. Pawan Kumar, Dr. Dharan Singh, Pro. Manjit Singh, Dr. RC Tejpal, Gopal Dass, Dr. Savita uppal, Dr. Ravinder Kumar, Dr. BD Bhardwaj, Rajinder Arora, MohinderPal Jain, Dr. BP Mishra, Dr. SC Verma, Dr. Gurvinder Kaur, Dr. Munisha Sharma, Smt Archna Arora, Dr. Neetu Ohri, Dr. Iqbal Walia, Krishan Dutt, Balwinder Ravi, Dr. SK Dogra, Haripal Gupta, Shambhu Singh, AK Gupta, Manjit Randhawa, Sukhwinder Cheema, Neelam Kumari, Kapil Kumar, Aman Singla, Ajay Joshi, Bharat Bhushan, Deepak Dhingra, Dr. Sarita Dhall, JD Kaura, Dr. Varun Bansal, Gourav Tandaon and Rohit Joshi and others.

Besides this the environmentalist Umendra Dutt, Mukesh Arora, Madanjit Singh Goraya, Deepak Goyal, chairman of Sai Group SK Punj, Dr Subhash Verma, Ravinder Arora and Harjit Singh Grewal were present.

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