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Drug abuse dangerous than militancy: Omar

Posted on Nov 14, 10:05PM | UNI

Describing drug abuse as worst enemy of the civilisation and dangerous than militancy, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today appealed to all sections of the society to work together to save children from illicit use of drugs.

It is being observed that notorious elements induce drug addiction in children and use them for their vested interests, he said relating it to the highest crime against humanity and called for unified approach against this sin.

He was speaking at a function organised by National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) at Bandipora in north Kashmir.

The Chief Minister said religious, political, social and non-governmental organisations (NGO) should jointly work to eradicate this evil and save the future of the state from falling prey to the designs of un-scrupulous elements.

Mr Abdullah said while government has enhanced its vigil over the misuse of drugs and measures have been taken to rehabilitate and reform the drug addicts, it is also the duty of the people to positively extend their support in this regard.

The Chief Minister said children in Jammu and Kashmir have suffered most during the period of militancy.

'Their education, health and social fabric has got tarnished and they had to live in an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty', he said adding that this has put them under stress and spoiled their process of development.

He said while the measures put in place by the government have brought substantial improvement in the situation, the march towards achieving the final goal in this direction has to be carried on with commitment.

Stating that education is of key importance to nurture and develop children and upgrade their skills to become responsible citizens, the Chief Minister said his government has put this aspect under focus and educational facilities are being universalised across the state.

'We are improving infrastructure in schools and making atmosphere conducive and attractive for children', he said maintaining that the emphases is on increasing the ratio of girl child in schools.