08072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/7/2018 11:58 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 8 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE ASHA workers hold protest Star on the move Cleanliness fad Demanding a hike in salaries, ASHA workers and facilitators stage a protest at Company Bagh. P2 Chandigarh lad Vivek Dahiya has had a dream run on television so far. P3 Vishal Dadlani, who is ready to take centerstage as a judge for Indian Idol 10, shares his journey so far. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 37°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.36 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.30 AM MP, Mayor, MLAs undergo dope test Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 7 Member of Parliament Santokh Chaudhary, MLAs Bawa Henry and Rajinder Beri as well as Mayor Jagdish Raja today underwent a dope test as a mark of support to the government’s decision to make dope test mandatory for all government officials of the state. Ironically, they got themselves tested on a day when a Jalandhar youth lost his life to drug overdose. Notably, the drive kicked off in the city yesterday with the Deputy Mayor and a councillor undergoing dope tests. MP Santokh Chaudhary said, “The party has started these huge movements against drugs and we are just playing our minor role by getting ourselves tested. We need society’s cooperation for this. Today, some colleagues from the party and I went for a dope test. In the coming days, many more shall also join in. While the government said it is imperative for the forces and the government officials, I believe all political personalities in the state should get themselves tested to promote a clean society.” Ironically, today also happens to be the day when a youth died in Jalandhar Cantonment due to drug overdose. Commenting on the death, the MP said, “I had a word with the family. Since ❝The party has started these huge movements against drugs and we are just playing our minor role by getting ourselves tested. We need society's cooperation for this. Today, some colleagues from the party and I went for a dope test. In the coming days, many more shall also join in. ❞ SANTOKH CHAUDHARY, MP there is strictness ever since the government came to power, the supply chain has been affected and the addicts are finding it tough to get drugs. In such a situation, addicts are resorting to a harmful cocktail of drugs which is proving fatal in many cases like the one today. The police is also acting against drug peddlers and in the coming days, many more are expected to be rounded up.” Notably, Deputy Mayor Harsimranjit Singh Bunty and councillor from ward number 38 Omkar Rajiv had got the dope test conducted yesterday. While the dope test of as many as 50 persons has been conducted since last Monday, a majority of these are actually of persons who wanted a driving licence. The testing has also been shifted from the de-addiction centre, where it was earlier conducted, to the civil surgeon’s office. MP Santokh Chaudhary, along with others, comes out of the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar on Saturday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH 3,000 addicts treated in four months in district Those coming forward for treatment show their desire to kick the habit, says DC Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 7 The two government drug de-addiction centres in the district, one located in the city and the other at Nurmahal, have been witnessing the arrival of around six new addicts daily for treatment. As part of its reformatory approach, the state government had set up these two centres at Jalandhar Civil Hospital and Community Health Centre, Nurmahal, with a capacity of 50 and 20 beds, respectively. In the last four months— from March to June — more than 3,000 patients have received treatment at these centres. As per the details available, the drug de-addiction centre at the local Civil Hospital has registered 572 new OPDs whereas 1,734 old OPD were A drug de-addiction centre in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO given treatment and 352 patients received indoor treatment. Likewise, at CHC, Nurmahal, 167 new OPDs were registered while 593 old OPDs were also treated, besides the treatment of 63 indoor patients. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said the surge in addicts Plugloopholestomakesyringebaneffective:Chemists Want online sale and activities of unscrupulous elements checked Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 7 Implemented since yesterday in the district, the ban on the sale or purchase of syringes in the district – from July 6 to September 9 – in keeping with the state government’s curbs on drugs— has had a mixed response from chemists and doctors alike. While many chemists claim they have been abiding by the rules for the past five years, they quickly point out that this is no solution to the drug problem. With online portals, wholesalers and dustbins providing addicts with their regular supply or syringes, chemists say unless serious curbs are introduced, the government’s move wouldn’t do much to check the drug menace. While there are 11,000 to 12,000 chemists in Jalandhar Fact file ■ Curb on syringe sale-purchase sans slips for five years, claim chemists. ■ Brisk sale of syringes online without issuing prescriptions. ■ 30 to 35 wholesale medicine dealers in the city. Many wholesalers selling medicines, syringes without slips and bills. Chemists to put up posters from Sunday ‘no syringe sale without doc’s slip’. . district, as many as 600 of them are in the city. While chemists welcome the decision to ban syringes – unless they are formally prescribed by a doctor or physician – they term the decision as merely aimed at putting pressure on the chemists for want of a better option with the government. Questioning the government’s intent, some of them say while the action is fine, it should not mean undue harassment of chemists rather than real action to curb the supply chain of addicts. Sources also tacitly point Two city lads in Croatia for world karate event School provides transport facility to boost literacy among girls Jalandhar, July 7 Two city lads, Aakarshit Bajaj and Vasu Kumra, are in Umag, Croatia, for the three-day international training camp and World Karate Federation (WKF) Youth World Cup. The two boys are representing India in the Under-21 (67 kg) and Under-21 (84+ kg), respectively. Vasu, a Class XII student of Commerce at Apeejay School and Akarshit, a Class XII student of Innocent Hearts School, also of the Commerce stream, are black belt holders from the Karate Association of India, and also hold a great record at the district and the state level. Revealing details of their Croatia trip, Vasu told Jalandhar Tribune over the telephone that he along with Aakarshit went to Umag on July 1 for the three-day training camp scheduled from July 2 while the Youth World Cup will be held from July 5 to 9. “We are being given special training by the world champions in karate and I will compete with different teams in the U-21 (84+kg) category,” he said.— OC Aakanksha Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, July 7 Inderpuri Government Senior Secondary School, Herian, in Nawanshahr district has emerged as a beacon for promoting girl education in the rural areas of Punjab. The school has set an example by ensuring transport facility for girls from as many as 20 villages to help them have an easy access to the school. Principal Taranjit Singh said the school staff, with the active cooperation of the managing committee of the Gurudwara Indrapuri, panchayat, NRIs and philanthropists, have started providing transport facility to the girl students. Earlier, the village residents and the NRIs started a private school dedicated to Bapu Inder Singh in 1979 for educating the girls. Later, with the efforts of men like Giani Gurbachan Singh, Amar Singh, Kehar Singh, Ajit Singh Basra, Sansar Singh and Master Devi Dass, coming for treatment at these de-addiction centres reflect their eagerness to shun the curse, which was ruining the youth of the state. He said due to the proactive resolve of the Captain Amarinder Singh-led state government, a massive increase has been witnessed in the arrests of drug ped- dlers and seizure of drugs. The DC pointed out that massive crackdown on drug peddlers, coupled with largescale awareness programmes by the state government, has brought about awakening as a result of which the people were shunning the stigma attached to addiction and were freely coming to the centres for the treatment of their loved ones. According to the DC, it was an encouraging trend but the district administration would continue its efforts until the entire district was made drug-free. He said these centres were the result of the commitment of the state government to wean the youth away this menace through proper treatment and diagnosis. Besides these two centres, outpatient opioid assisted Continued on page 2 Inderpuri Government Senior Secondary School, Herian, in Nawanshahr. TRIBUNE PHOTO the school was brought under the jurisdiction of the state education department in 1981. Ultimately, with consistent efforts, the school was upgraded to the senior secondary level in 1991. “There are as many as 300 girls belonging to 20 villages studying in the school. A total of three buses and a van have been put in service to bring the girls to school. Besides, the school has a sprawling eco-friendly campus, safe drinking water facility, spacious classrooms, playground and well-equipped labs,” said Continued on page 2 c m y b out the existence of about 30 to 35 odd retailers-cumwholesalers in the district who have been selling syringes and shady drugs with impunity, without demanding prescriptions or issuing bills and without having been penalised. A Jalandhar-based chemist said, “While the retailers grow poorer, there is no action being initiated against those wholesalers who play with people’s lives. They pass bulk orders at heavily discounted prices and sideline the retailers and there is no check at what they might be selling.” Sanjay Sehgal, president of the Retail Chemists Association, said, “Chemists in the city have been selling syringes without prescriptions for the past five years. The order was issued by us seeing the state of addiction in the state. We have been abiding by the law for long. Also, the government should answer what it is doing about the online sales of syringes. Even today, people are ordering huge cartons of Dispovan from online stores and these are promptly reaching them without any questions asked about the doctors or prescriptions. So where are the curbs then?” “We welcome the government’s decision to ban the unchecked sale of syringes. But our only contention is the undue action against chemists. Sometimes, they are unduly harassed when Continued on page 2 Drive to eliminate drugs should begin at home: MLA Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, July 7 “The dream of Punjab, free from drugs, can be accomplished only when every resident of the state starts it from his own home. It is a need of the times that the elderly and the parents openly discuss the issue with their children. Not only the youth, children in the age-group of 10-11 years are also made aware of the dangerous consequences of addiction,” said PPCC SC cell chairman and MLA, Chabbewal, Dr Raj Kumar on Saturday, urging all Punjabis to spend time with their children to create a friendly atmosphere so that they can share everything freely. “Not only should we protect our children from this deadly danger, but also motivate them to share about it with friends and protect them from being caught in the trap of drug addiction. The drug menace has gripped our society badly and we have to get rid of it by coming together and it will start at the ground level, i.e. from every home. The contribution of every citizen is required to eradicate it,” said Dr Raj Kumar. Punjab, ❝The dream ofcan be free from drugs, accomplished only when every resident of the state starts it from his own home. It is a need of the times that the elderly and the parents openly discuss the issue with their children. ❞ DR RAJ KUMAR, MLA, Chabbewal The Chhabewal MLA appreciated the initiatives taken by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for the eradication of narcotics. Dope test of all government employees, death sentence for drug peddlers and strict action against police officers said to be involved in drug trade are some of the measures that he sought. “With these actions, the CM has shown his commitment towards eradicating the drug menace in Punjab. Come, let us all begin by giving support to him in his efforts,” he said. Dr Raj Kumar also got his dope test done to support Captain Amarinder Singh’s drive.
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