Punjab Govt Plans Comprehensive Drive Against Drug Abuse Among Youngsters


The Punjab government has decided to take various measures and launch a drive against drug abuse to save the younger generation from the menace of narcotics. In this regard, a special campaign would be launched in educational institutions to save them from narcotics and a committee has been constituted for the purpose.

This was stated by Punjab School Education Minister Murad Raas as he presided over a meeting of private school owners at the office of PCTB on Thursday. Seniors officials of School Education Department were also present on the occasion.

The meeting discussed several proposals about saving educational institutions from the spread of narcotics and it was decided to launch a special awareness campaign in this regard. Addressing the meeting, Murad Raas said students should be given necessary awareness and their parents should also be kept on board for the proper upbringing of their children. Teachers should also sensitize their students and create a feeling of disgust towards narcotics. “The role of school councils is also important and they should conduct awareness sessions in the schools about the harmful effects of narcotics,” he said.

The minister said SED would continue regular monitoring of educational institutions to keep providing a healthy environment to students. The meeting also decided that School Education Department should prepare necessary videos and booklets to educate students about the harmful effects of the use of narcotics. Raas asked the private school owners to provide necessary assistance to the government so that a narcotics-free society could be established across the country. He said sale of betel nuts, cigarettes, niswar and more such harmful things should not be allowed in the periphery of educational institutions, so as to deter youngsters from falling to prey to the lust of using such harmful things.

“The PTI government is working to establish a healthy society and we should work jointly to achieve this objective. The private school owners should therefore take necessary measures for providing a neat and clean and healthy atmosphere to the students,” the minister concluded.

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