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Punjab youths participation in Indian Army comes down to 0.75 per cent from 17 per cent
Punjab Police celebrated International Day against Drug Abuse to create awareness among the people about the ill-effects of drugs and preventive measures to be adopted.

The chief guest of the function was Ch. Surjit Kumar Jyani, Punjab Cabinet Minister when Major General S.C.Maston, Amar Singh Chahal, DIG Ferozepur Range, Ravinder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Hardyal Singh Mann, SSP were also participated as special guests.

Addressing the gathering, Ch. Surjit Kumar Jyani said, we all should extend cooperation to the police, government, people and organizations working for the eradication or drug abuse. A war level fight is going on against the drug abuse and the Punjab will be drug free in the coming two years.

Major General S C Maston, key note speaker on this occasion, highlighted the smuggling source of drugs from Afghanistan through Pakistan and its economical, social and health impacts on the people of Punjab in particular, through his power point presentation. 

He invited all the people to come forward to make India a drug free country by starting from our own home, society and state. He also showed his concern over the poor participation of youths from Punjab in Indian defence sector, which is presently only 0.75 per cent against 17 per cent in the past.

The decline in numbers is no longer restricted to the officer cadre but the number of recruits has sharply fallen across all ranks. This is disappointing for Punjab which has a glorious martial legacy, he said.

Major General said that other factors which are posing serious challenges to the economic and social health of the state are poor standards of education at the grass roots, deteriorating health standards and the ever-growing menace of drug and alcohol abuse.

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