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Arunachal Home Minister calls for ‘Jan Andolan’ against drug abuse

Felix said it is almost impossible for the administration and the police alone to eradicate the drug menace without the participation of the public.

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Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Bamang Felix on Saturday called for ‘Jan Andolan’ (people’s movement) against drug abuse and stated that every stakeholder should play their part in raising awareness against drug abuse.

Though the state government’s stand against drugs is ‘zero-tolerance’, Felix said, it is almost impossible for the administration and the police alone to eradicate the drug menace without the participation of the public.

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“Eradication of drug menace is only possible if people from all walks of life come together and fight against it,” he said during the opening ceremony of a circle level football and volleyball tournament organized at Rakap village under Sangdupota circle of Papum Pare district as a part of the 77th Independence Day celebrations.

In his address to the gathering, the Home Minister advised the self-help groups (SHGs) to include anti-drug campaigns as part of their activities. He further stated that youths in the villages can also be mobilized to assist police in nabbing drug peddlers, and assured all possible assistance from the state government.

Meanwhile, Felix extended gratitude to the people of Sangdupota circle for their cooperation and support in facilitating the execution of developmental projects such as the establishment of Law College, Film & Television Institute, NIT-AP, etc in the area. He said that their support and cooperation is a tremendous support to the state’s development.

He also appealed to the Panchayat leaders present to ensure that every eligible person gets enrolled and benefitted from the central and state governments’ various flagship programmes. 

He further encouraged the villagers to take up agri-horti activities, while stating that the area is so blessed that they can become major exporters of organic produces.

In response to a memorandum submitted by the local Panchayat leader, the Minister said that efforts will be undertaken to convert the Government Primary School, Rakap into a Model school, and assured that electrification issues will also be resolved at the earliest.

The Home Minister also asked the local leaders and concerned administrative officers to submit a detailed proposal with a verified land availability certificate for the establishment of a police station with all allied infrastructures in the circle.

Furthermore, the Minister advised the participating players to respect their opponents and complete the tournament in a fair and disciplined manner. He also encouraged them to set their life goals high.

Among others, the event was attended by Papum Pare ZPC Nabam Yakum, SP Taru Gusar, and Upper Balijan ZPM Tok Hina Camder. Earlier, the Minister visited the Government Primary School, Rakap and interacted with the teachers.

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