Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Saturday urged the youths to shun consumption of drugs and take the responsibility of creating a better society.
“The growing drug addiction among the youth is a matter of concern for all of us, both as policy makers as well as responsible parents,” the Dy CM said after kicking-off a football tournament organised by the All Namsai Area Youth Association (ANAYA) at Namsai with a theme ‘Stay fit & healthy, say no to drugs’ to raise awareness against drug and its ill effect.
The fight against drug abuse should involve multi-faceted policies and processes, he said, adding, the Government has taken a decision to address it comprehensively and holistically that will involve prevention, intervention, treatment, rehab and integrating the abuser back into the society.
Mein said that strict action will be initiated against government officials involved in any drug-related activities in any form.
The Dy CM said games and sports play an important role in developing a vibrant society but at the same time youths must equally concentrate on studies.
“Youth are our assets for brighter Arunachal Pradesh,” said Mein and informed that the state government is working tirelessly to address the aspirations of younger generation.
He appreciated the efforts initiated by ANAYA to raise awareness about drug abuse among the youths through the sport activity.
Namsai MLA Zingnu Namchoom, who was also present said that there was a need to create awareness about drugs and maintenance of vigilance by the people.
“The government is focusing on preventive measures so that our children do not become victim of addiction. We must provide our youth with the knowledge, skills and opportunities for them to excel in life,” he added.