SOLAN: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Sunday that state government is contemplating to introduce topics about drug abuse in the school syllabus so as to sensitize the younger generation about the ill-effects of this social evil.
Addressing the Anti-Drug Rally at famous Thodo Ground at Solan, Thakur said that the youths must be motivated to say 'no to drugs and yes to life' only then the state can be truly being called as the 'Dev Bhoomi'.
He also administered oath to the students to say no to drugs and keep a check drug abuse.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also inaugurated Mahila Police Station at old Deputy Commissioner Office at Mall, Solan.
At the rally, Thakur said that it was an historic day today as the nation is celebrating Police Martyrs Day.
In addition, it was on this day that 75 years ago Netaji formed Azad Hind Fauj to free the nation from foreign clutches, added Thakur.
He said that drug abuse, particularly amongst the youth, was a matter of concern and Himachal Pradesh was also no exception.
He further said that in order to check drug peddling from the neighbouring states, the state government is taking strict action and mulling to to frame stringent laws to deter drug peddlers.
Thakur said that efforts would also be made to start joint operation along the border areas to nab the drug peddlers.
Thakur stressed that the role of parents and teachers was also vital in curbing the drug abuse.
Later, the Chief Minister on the occasion of Maharishi Balmiki Pragatosav visited Balmiki Temple at Solan and performed puja.
Maharishi Balmiki has immense contribution towards the mankind.
He was not only the creator of Balmiki Ramayana but a great saint, said Thakur.
Hundreds of students from different educational institutions, youth and general people participated in the Anti-Drug Rally.
Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr Rajiv Bindal, Social Justice Minister Dr Rajiv Saizal, Member of Parliament Virender Kashyap, Dr Virender Mohan, a renowned physician gave speeches during the event.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Vinod Kumar presented vote of thanks.
MLA Doon Paramjit Singh Pammi, MLA Solan Col Dr Dhani Ram Shandil, Chairperson State Women Commission Dr Daisy Thakur, Vice Chairman Khadi Board Purshottam Gularia, Former MLA Vinod Chandel, BJP leaders HN Kashyap and Dr Rajesh Kashyap, IG police Punita Bhardwaj were also present on the occasion.