Kullu: The drive against increasing drug menace in the valley here, initiated by the police, has been appreciated by the authorities and the public that has even earned recognition by winning both the state and national level awards.
A special awareness drive against drug menace under the title of ‘Sehabhagita hamari tumhari’ has been launched by district police on Feb 28, 2018. As the name itself suggests, this drive encourages public for their active participation to fight against the menace and cooperate with police tackling it successfully.
This drive is being appreciated by public nowadays and bagged two awards one state level from CM Jay Ram Thakur previous days and another prestigious national level Skoch award under the category of ‘policing in good governance’ on 23rd of June.
District Police Chief, Kullu, Shalini Agnihotri, a young and vibrant leader while contacted by Hill Post, expressing pleasure over the outcome she said, ” Youth is the greatest asset of nation if guided properly but could be the greatest loss if strayed from their path. We all know that today drug is playing a disastrous role destroying our youths. Though police never remain behind tackling such problems but public cooperation may work wonder. Keeping it in mind, department has started awareness drive named ‘Sahabhagita humari tumhari’ in February. This drive encourages people’s active participation to eliminate this evil by being themselves aware then spreading awareness among common masses further.”
”The way police is getting feedback from various representatives of panchayats, youth clubs and mahila mandals (women groups) is really encouraging as people themselves are now organising such awareness camps in their localities disseminating all informations they get from police to bring strayed youth on right path and guide them against drugs including synthetic ones. People themselves are coming forward tightening noose wherever and whenever they find any miscreants involved in drugs related activities. In future, we would draft many other plans too tackling other anti social activities”, said Agnihotri.
The 52nd Skoch award function organised in Delhi where Kullu police drive tackling drug abuse ‘Sahabhagita hamari tumhari’ got silver award among 140 projects nominated across the country. ASP Nishchint Singh Negi received the prestigious award from Sameer Kochhar, the chairmen of Scoch on behalf of Kullu Police in Delhi.
Even this drive managed to get appreciation by state government previous days too and awarded by CM Jay Ram Thakur. As police has launched a documentary named ‘ drugs are thugs’ (drugs are cheaters) regarding drugs among youth and it’s drastic life threatening side effects. This documentary gained appreciation and is being circulated much on social media.
The way this drive is being popular and successful attracting public for participation is enough to show it’s impact.
Chrish Thakur, president of Kullu based youth club, Re-imagine Zindagi who himself too participated in many awareness camps held by police for the purpose said, ”This drive by police has successfully covered around 70 panchayat of district so far. Now locals themselves are informing police about drug related activities and confidently coming forward to stand against offenders. Being a leader of youth club I saw myself many youths coming willingly to join hand with police which itself is a positive sigh of reform in society as desired by the department itself.”