Demands set up of drug prevention board
Punjab , Apr 30 : Punjab youth congress will launch indefinite hunger strike from Ludhiana on dated 01-05-2011 against the menace of drugs in the state of Punjab. S Ravneet Singh Bittu, president Punjab youth congress and Member of Parliament (Sri Anandpur Sahib), will lead the hunger strike alongwith number youth activists joining from all over the state. Everyday around 50 youth members will sit on the hunger strike and then they will be replaced by the next 50, while the president will sit continuously till Punjab government commits to give a time frame to eradicate the use of synthetic drugs from the state. This will be a peaceful strike and there will be no speeches.
Elaborating about the need to take this step, S Ravneet Singh Bittu said that under the dynamic leadership and vision of Sh Rahul Gandhi, gen sec (INC) Punjab youth congress had undertaken padyatra against the menace of drugs and female foeticide in which we travelled around 1700 km on foot for 45 days covering every corner of the state but this government remained deaf and dumb. Again with the help of our local activists we caught around fifteen drugs stores in different areas of Punjab who were selling illegal drugs but because of weak laws laid down by the government those are again back to their business. Why the government which talks about developments in china and America just not wake up to the issue of illegal drugs use in the state? Where our younger generation is going with the use of these drugs? Did government try to collect some study or data and then take some concrete step on this issue ?
S Ravneet Singh Bittu asked S Parkash Singh Badal, chief minister of Punjab, that The negative effect of addiction to drugs, alcohol and other intoxicants is already visible in the form of alarming rate of rejection of the youth who fail to qualify the physical fitness tests that are organized from time to time by the Army, Para-military forces and the State Police to make recruitment to the lower ranks. All political parties should come forward on this and work for this social evil which has developed deep roots in our society. Bittu demanded immediate formation of drug prevention board to be headed by retired judge from Punjab and Haryana high court, which should lay down stringent laws for the drug pedllers. This board should be made within time frame and the chief minister should give us commitment for that only then the hunger strike by youth congress will be taken back. One vidhan sabha house committee should be made which daily oversees the development and the steps taken by the government on this issue. Bittu asked the chief minister that does he know “What is the state of drug addicts who quitted drugs, there is no certified drug deaddiction or rehabilitation centre working in the state”. Spending crores of rupees on industrial projects won’t serve the purpose when our younger generation is addicted to this menace.
Bittu further added that this time youth congress has gone for a wakeup call for the youth of Punjab to join us on this issue. We have telephone number 011 47606881 and facebook account also so that not only youth of Punjab but across the world joins us for this noble cause of making Punjab drug free state. We are distributing awareness literature in the colleges and universities of Punjab just to make youth more actively involved with us. Punjab youth congress has started this issue and now will take to its logical end.
All the senior Indian youth congress leaders, Punjab youth congress leaders, workers and senior leaders of the Pradesh congress will also cooperate by sending their groups to participate in the indefinite hunger strike.