Dehradun : 17 February, 2016

A mobile application, through which people can alert the police about drug peddlers in their areas, was today launched by chief minister Harish Rawat, who gave a clarion call for saving the school children and youth from the clutches of the menace. The launch of the application comes against the backdrop of seizure of drugs worth Rs 1.5 crore in the street market in the last eight months, as well as arrest of 288 alleged drug peddlers in the hill state.

"We need to save not only our children but even those living near our houses, in the school where our children study," Rawat said, while he appreciated the efforts of the state police for coming up with the new application. The chief minister asserted that the drug peddlers should not be spared.

The function to launch the mobile application was held at Police Lines on Wednesday morning. Several sports events, including the traditional games of the state, were organised by Dehradun police to encourage students to take up sport activities, which they said would help them stay away from drugs in longer run.
The programme - Youth Conclave 2016, Say No To Drugs - was attended by over 2,500 students of 50 schools. Over 30 stalls of police and schools set up at Police Lines informed people about the adverse impacts of drugs. A 12-minute documentary was also shown to the audience, which included school teachers, students, policemen and politicians. It showcased that how drugs not only ruined the individual but also the entire family. The documentary at the same time projected the positive aspects if one gave up drugs.

The chief minister also said that it was the collective responsibility of the society to save the youngsters from falling into the trap of drugs. "The fight against drugs should not be regarded as a mission of policemen only. It is the responsibility of each individual, especially the youngster, to say no to drugs. We have to win this fight. We need to take the issue as a mission as the future of country and state depends on the youth power," Rawat said. The CM also asked the police top brass to cut short the length of the video to two to three minutes so that it can be used in schools and colleges, where the policemen go for awareness campaigns.

DGP Uttarakhand B S Sidhu pointed out that in the last eight months, drugs worth over Rs 1.5 crore was seized in the Himalayan state and 288 peddlers were arrested. "In the last one year, the police department has actively taken up the issue, seized drugs and arrested peddlers. It held a string of meetings with school and college authorities to encourage them to come forward and help police deal with the situation," the top state police officer said. The conclave was a brain-child of SSP Dehradun Sadanand Date, who termed it as a "positive" start to an initiative which could go a long way in checking the drug menace.
"There has been an easy availability of drugs and we need to check it. But the question is how to check it. As a solution, we came up with this application which can be easily downloaded and the information about peddlers be provided to the police," Dante said.

The officer added that the identity of those providing the details would not be disclosed. TOI

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