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Anti-drug campaign: Govt gets encouraging response

NEW DELHI: The anti-drug campaign of the government has received good response and the social welfare department is likely to expand the initiative by this year to schools and colonies.
After two days of the campaign at various colleges, the Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam asserted that drug abuse has become a menace in the Capital and not only colleges but also schools are getting highly affected with this.
He added that the government will ensure to stop this by campaigning, teaching and doing workshops with the youth.
"The children take drugs because they are misguided and we need to reach them for assistance," Gautam said.
The minister has planned to keep his focus on spreading the view that the government is willing to take up the issues of these addicts and deal with those. The campaign has started from the colleges but within two months the government will reach the schools.
"The victims in schools are many and we need to reach them. I will propose that every MLA and ministers should reach the constituencies with the campaign," he said. In this initiative, the government has discussed the plans with the educationalists, psychiatrists and NGOs who work with the drug abusers. The government has also approached the drug abuse survivors and these people will share the real-life stories of drugs.
The minister said that only theoretical campaign on a serious issue like this would not be helpful and participation of people with real-life experience will connect the students more.
Many celebrities have also joined the campaign. Gautam's another target would be to reach the unauthorized colonies of Delhi. The department would also plan surveys at these places so that the proper figure of the drug abusers become clear.
The minister said that analysing the success of the campaign the department will also approach more people to join the campaign. According to the officials, the college administration had extended their support to this initiative and also made it mandatory for all the students to take part in this years-long campaign by the government.
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