Sikkim: Gyalshing Dist observe ‘The International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking’

Approximately 400 individuals, beside officials , teachers, and students participated in the function and took pledge against drugs.

GYALSHING-   Gyalshing District observed ‘The International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking’ under the banner of a nationwide Drug- Free India campaign ‘Nasha Mukt Bharat’ in the community Hall. The event was organised by the District Administration in collaboration with Nodal Departments and NGOs.

Approximately 400 individuals, beside officials , teachers, and students  participated in the function and took pledge against drugs.

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The event commenced with Walkathon and an Awareness rally which was flagged off by SP(Gyalshing) from Gyalshing zero point covering Gyalshing bazar and its vicinity and landed up at community hall Gyalshing.

The International drug day pledge to strengthen our fight against drugs was administered by the DC.

DC while addressing the gathering gave a brief background of Nasha Mukht Bharat abhiyan which is being observed on 26th of June in Pan India. She emphasized on taking a pledge for Nasha Mukht Bharat abhiyan by all the participants present in the hall and to propagate the message to at least a hundred of the contacts among their friends, families and their villages.

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She enlightened the gathering about the formation of student police cadets which has recently been appointed in certain schools of Gyalshing District.

She said that “ making arrests and registering the cases of drug rackets is not the only solution. She said that healing from drugs is a long-term process and people who are recovered from drugs tend to relapse, therefore she sincerely requested all the panchayat members to be cautious and give prior information to the police if any suspects are identified in the villages and be a major part in making a drug free society.

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She also said that policing to combat drug rackets in the society is not only the responsibility of the police department itself but moral policing and social policing could be done with the collective efforts from the level of panchayat members, stakeholders, driver associations, students and in an individual level to make our society drug free.

To create a wide scale awareness among masses, especially among the youth and children of the society against the ill effects of drug abuse, an open house quiz competition was also organised.

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Furthermore, a poem recitation, a song and a skit performance based on the theme was well presented by D.I.E.T Gyalshing including a Dance performed by ITI, Gyalshing.

In the conclusion portion, a testimony was shared by a young survivor Mr. Ashthiwa Rai(Uthan Rehabilitation Centre). He shared his bitter experiences and ill effects of substance abuse. He appealed to each one by saying “All these people need help and therefore we should provide these people with the encouragement to come back to their normal life and lead a healthy life”.


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