Jalandhar – More than one lakh volunteers from the seven districts of Jalandhar Division would take oath along with the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on March 23, the martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, to be observed as youth empowerment day’ for wiping out the curse of drugs from the state. A decision to this effect was taken in a high-level meeting presided over by the Commissioner of Jalandhar Division Raj Kamal Chaudhary here at District Administrative Complex (DAC) in which Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma, Inspector General of Police Arpit Shukla, Commissioner of Police Praveen Kumar Sinha, Inspector General (IG) of Special Task Police of Punjab against drugs Pramod Baan, Senior Superintendent of Police Jalandhar Rural Gurpreet Singh Bhullar and others were also present.Chairing the meeting, the Divisional Commissioner said that the state government was working on three pronged strategy of enforcement, de-addiction and prevention of drug abuse in the state. He said that as a part of the prevention strategy the state government has now decided to launch ‘Drug Abuse Prevention Officer (DAPO), programme’, which would be launched by the Chief Minister at Khatkarkalan in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. Chaudhary said that the Chief Minister would administer oath against drugs to volunteers on the solemn Occasion.The Divisional Commissioner said that simultaneously more than one lakh volunteers would also administer oath with the Chief Minister (via video conferencing) in seven districts headquarters of Jalandhar Division viz. Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot besides at Sub-Divisional level. He said that the district-level function would be chaired by the Divisional Commissioners or Deputy Commissioners whereas at Sub Divisional level these functions would be chaired by the Sub Divisional Magistrate.
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