Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar and Union Defense Minister Shri Rajnath Singh presided over the interaction event with NCC Cadets and Pledge against Drug Abuse

Considering the urgent need to convey the dangerous implications of menace of drugs to youth and recognizing the huge influence of the NCC among the youth, an interaction with NCC Cadets and mass pledge against drug abuse was organized by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr. Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC) here today.

The interaction event jointly presided by Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar. Many States Directorates of NCC in the country participated in the event through live streaming.Minister of state for Social justice and empowerment Shri Ramdas athawale and secretary Smt. Anjali bhanwra were also present on the event.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has appealed to the Nation, especially the youth, to unite and fight against drug addiction, terming the menace as one of the stumbling blocks for India to achieve its full potential. He was interacting with National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets and youth at a function ‘An Interaction with NCC cadets and Pledge Against Drug Abuse’, organised by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment in New Delhi today.

Shri Rajnath Singh said India is moving forward in the direction of becoming one of the superpowers of the world. But, there are some limitations which are preventing us from achieving our true potential. Drug addiction is one such limitation. Despite having all qualities, our country has not yet been able to stand in the line of developed countries, as there are many people, especially the youth, who are in the grip of drugs. Youth are the future of the country. They are the cornerstones of the nation. If their present is intoxicated, their future can be easily guessed. We need to wedge a fight against drugs like we did for our Independence.

Shri Rajnath Singh urged the NCC cadets to form a group of 3-4 cadets and try to reach out to the youth addicted to drugs, informing them about the ill-effects of drug use. He exhorted them to first gain knowledge about the harmful effects of drug use as well as the how to easily approach de-addiction centres set up by the Government at various places. Through this, the cadets will be able to help those who wish to free themselves from the clutches of drugs. ‘Our NCC cadets are in a way another avatar of our armed forces. If our forces are protecting the country from external enemies, then our NCC cadets can protect the country from internal enemies like drugs’, he said.

He said with active involvement of NCC Cadets, the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment is expected to take this Abhiyaan to newer heights and achieve its objective of Nasha Mukt Bharat.

On the occasion the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar called upon the NCC cadets to be the harbingers of drug de-addiction campaign and said that it is their responsibility to help the government and the society in tackling this serious problem.

He said, “I hope that with the cooperation of all of you, we will make India a drug free country. This revolution should not be quelled, it should get more energy and it should ignite the flame which will fight the vices of drug abuse,” he said. Make way for the victims.”

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