Punjab Government To Hire 1 Lakh Volunteers To Fight Against Drugs in The State

Captain Amarinder Singh’s government in Punjab has come up with a new strategy to abolish the drug problem in Punjab. The congress government in Punjab will be forming an army of volunteers for the drug addicts.

The role of the volunteers will be to act as observers for the drug addicts who are currently under rehabilitation. Captain Amarinder Singh was given a detailed presentation by the newly formed STF (Special Task Force) which was led by the ADGP (Additional Director General Of Police) Harpreet Sidhu along with a team of senior officials of health, education and Panchayati raj departments.

Drug Abuse Prevention Officers In Punjab 

The volunteers in Punjab who will act as observers will be named as “Drug Abuse Prevention Officers”. The DAPOs will play a role in creating an awareness among the youth of Punjab to abolish and stay away from drugs. The following members will be trained as DAPOs by special trainers:

  • Zila Parishad and Block Samiti
  • Panches
  • Sarpanches
  • Private Teachers
  • Professors
  • Patwaris
  • Government
  • Multi-Purpose health workers
  • Panchaya Secretaries
  • Nambardars

The Motive Behind The Project

Punjab government wants that everyone should be aware of the program. The DAPOs will create a group in their respective areas and will provide training to the members about how to work as volunteers. The same concept has been adopted in various countries and as a result, the drug use has been reduced. The ADGP said that they are sure that the concept will bring a change in the state.The idea is to build a social network to keep a check on the drug suppliers and users. People involved in the program will not be burdened as it will require just a little from one’s routine.

Captain Amarinder Singh has instructed the Chief secretary of Punjab to handle the project and also to set up a committee for the same. The committee will have

  • Principal secretary social security
  • Principal secretary health and family welfare
  • Principal secretary education
  • Sports secretary

Know More About The Project

The Punjab government’s new project will also involve farmers, doctors, ex-servicemen, government servants. They all will be working as government resource persons and will deliver various seminars and organise different programmes.

The AGDP told Captain Amarinder Singh in a detailed presentation that involving all these groups would help them reach at least 10 lakh stakeholders. The training program for DAPOs will include a state level training to 200 master trainers which will be of 2 days and also a district wise training. The trainer team will have NGO representatives and police officials.

Source: Hindustan Times

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