Jalandhar, August 10
Even as the incidents of anti-drug vigilantism are already making news in Punjab, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday asked the youth not to remain completely dependent on the government and rather take to activism against drugs.
Sidhu was speaking at a student-interactive session organised by the Youth Congress at a college here. “Though the Punjab government has launched a major campaign to counter drug abuse, the menace cannot be curbed without your active participation. So was the case during the dark days of terrorism, which could be tackled not because of police action, but because of the people who became vigilant and took things in their stride,” Sidhu told the students.
The minister said he felt pained whenever he came across horrific experiences of elderly Punjabis daily taking their grandsons to hospitals for de-addiction.