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Drug free Assam achievable through citizen participation: Governor

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Guwahati, June 27: Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria attended an awareness program held at a city hotel to observe the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Highlighting the global significance of the issue, Governor Kataria highlighted the wide-ranging impacts of drug abuse on individuals, families, and communities, both in India and worldwide.

Governor Kataria described drug addiction as a serious social problem, not just deviant behaviour. He expressed concern over the distraction of youth from the mainstream due to mental stress, depression, anxiety, and lack of proper guidance, leading to disastrous consequences. The Governor stressed that ignorance is causing young individuals to fall into the trap of drugs, adversely affecting their health, careers, and the future of the nation.

Recognising the hindrance posed by drug addiction to the all-round development of society, Governor Kataria emphasised the need for collective strength, determination, and commitment to effectively address this challenge. He called for social and religious organisations to work together in the fight against drug abuse.

Governor Kataria also stated about the vital role of parents and teachers in raising awareness among youth about the harmful effects of drug abuse. He accentuated the importance of strong family bonds, parents dedicating time to their children, and regular communication to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Teachers were also acknowledged for their pivotal role in sensitising youth to the dangers of drug abuse.

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The Governor commended Byatikram MASDO, a social organisation, for its efforts and stressed the significance of awareness in deterring drug abuse and its impact on young individuals. He called for coordinated efforts to create a mass movement against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, aiming to support the youth and society. Governor Kataria appealed to the younger generation to refrain from using drugs, lead healthy lives, and contribute to the nation’s development.

The program was attended by esteemed individuals, including director general of police GP Singh, assistant high commissioner of Bangladesh Ruhul Amin, director of NERIM Group Prof Sangeeta Tripathi, and actress Nishita Goswami, among others.

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