Punjab Drug Issue - Why the Political jitters over NaMo's Mann ki Baat

Addressing the nation in 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All Indian Radio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the growing addiction of narcotics and drugs among Punjab youth.

Specter of drugs and narcotics has made the lives of youth of Punjab like a hell. Right from ancient time, Punjab is known as a land of unparalleled fertility, life, vibrancy, prosperity, music and cheer. But in the last couple of years this State has been in the grip of a menace which has eroded happiness in many families. According to a report, 73.5 per cent of the entire young population of Punjab is addicted to drugs. This figure is enough to narrate the horror of drug in the State.

It is a welcome initiative by the Prime Minister to express his concern towards the problem. PM Modi called drugs as a 3D problem – darkness, destruction and devastation.

The Prime Minister in his address on radio said, 'I am pained by the grief of families whose children get caught in the trap of drug menace. I am worried as some of our sons and daughters get addicted to drugs and the entire family is torn apart. I have come across helpless and angry mothers in Punjab.'

He asked the youth directly, 'Have you ever wondered, where the money you spend on drugs go? The bullet that hits our soldiers is backed by drug money.'

He promised that the Government will start a toll-free helpline to address the issue, since it is often the parents who have trouble discussing the matter. He appealed celebrities to do their bit and asked former addicts to step forward to share their stories.

Soon after his speech, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in Jalandhar appealed young men and women to join the drive for making Punjab drug-free.

However, reports suggest that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is a bit miffed after the Prime Minister mentioned Punjab drug problem in his speech.

Who soever be in power in a State, menace like drug addiction and that too of such a high level needs course correction. State Government cannot escape from its responsibility to curb the problem. It can also not be denied that the SAD Government in the State has not been able to control it. Opposition parties often target the ruling dispensation in the State of showing no seriousness over the issue. Many a times, the opposition has accused leaders of ruling SAD of their involvement in the network of drug trafficking. In the wake of these allegations, it is the responsibility of the SAD leadership and the State Government as well to come clean and take corrective measures to stop trafficking of narcotics from across the border.

Courtesy Niti Central


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