Jalandhar:US based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) Executive Director blamed unemployment and the lavish lifestyle of NRIs back home in Punjab, as the major reason behind increase in drug addicts in doaba belt.
NAPA Executive Director Satnam Singh Chahal said that the youth have gone astray because of unemployment and the desire of settling abroad. He said that a constructive and concrete policy was needed for eradicating drugs from the state.
Chahal said that he would meet Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to apprise him of the need to solve the socio-economic problem of drug abuse. He was here to release his book – ‘Nashiyan Da Sach-Shikar Naujawana di Jawani’.
The NAPA member claimed that he conducted a four-week long survey in doaba region and met over 90 drug addicts to study such cases. “It was apparent that a large number of youth was addicted to drugs”, he said.
Chahal said that youth was falling prey to drugs due to negligence of parents, bad company, unemployment and desire of settling abroad. “When Punjabi NRIs visit their home towns and display unwarranted prosperity, this leads local youth to dream about settling abroad and when their wishes don’t turn true they fall prey of drugs”, he added.
Commenting on Punjab Government’s announcement to eradicate drugs in Punjab in four weeks, Chahal said that it was not as easy a task, as it seems to be.
He said that a crackdown on drugs mafia was a must while there should be no political interference by the Punjab government in controlling drugs. “Drugs cannot be controlled by raiding innocent youth rather holding police accountable for sale of drugs in their jurisdiction”, he maintained.
Among those present on this occasion were Gurnam, Singh Sandhar, President Texas state chapter and others.