– Khanna, Sampla and Joshi boost campaign against drugs in Punjab
Hoshiapur: Students of Rayat Bahra Hoshiarpur campus on Wednesday pledged to lead a drug-free life giving muscles to the ongoing campaign against drugs being spearheaded in this border state under the aegis of Joshi Foundation.
National Vice President of BJP and MP Avinash Rai Khanna, Union Minister Vijay Sampla and Assistant Media Advisor to Punjab Government and Convener of Joshi Foundation Vineet Joshi administered the oath to students of Rayat Bahra Group of Institutes (Hoshiarpur Campus) today. The foundation has embarked upon a mission to ensure that at least one lakh youth of Punjab pledge to stay away from drugs by the end of the year. The oath, Vineet Joshi said, infuses a sense of commitment that eventually drives a person to stand up against such a menace.
In chorus, Hundred of students pledged saying, “I promise to live a drug free life. Will try to help family and friends to stay away from drugs. Will participate in the fight against drugs and help protest the law, country and society in its fight against drugs”.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Vijay Sampla said the youth are increasingly drifting away from our rich cultural heritage which is why this degradation has crept in. “Schools and colleges at large are providing education that does not cater to our age old values. Fight against drugs begins at home. Real progress is only possible if youth are completely free of drugs,” Vijay Sampla said while giving a Clarion call to all to join this initiative of Joshi Foundation against drugs.
Avinash Rai Khanna said a youth’s body and soul battles the crisis of drugs. “Punjab was once the sword arm of the nation. Today Punjab contributes far less to the armed forces. At a recent recruitment rally at Sri Anandpur Sahib, out of 20000 participants, only 2000 qualified in the physical test. We three are stroking a strong current to free Punjab of drugs,” Avinash Rai Khanna said.
Vineet Joshi said when it comes to drugs, the family has to take equally responsibility of the failure. “The degradation has come to level that children and parents often drink together. The civil society must pitch in to build a strong character that is well protected by a persistent halo of superior values,” Vineet Joshi said.
Campus Director Dr. DS Bawa said, “How unfortunate are those parents who have to send their children to jail-like drug addiction centers for treatment”. The solution lies in a multi-pronged approach, he added.