SRINAGAR: In a bid to create awareness among youth regarding the bad effects of drug addiction, a seminar was held by Jammu Kashmir Youth Forum (JKYF) in Lasjan area of Srinagar on Friday.
According to a statement issued here, the main aim to conduct the programme was to inculcate the awareness among the students and youth about the ill effects of drug addiction.
President J&K Jamiat-e-Himayatul Islam, Khursheed Ahmad Qanungo was chief guest on the occasion.
The speakers who spoke on the occasion include, Sheikh Tajamul a university scholar and a journalist, Ghulam Hassan Dar Mentor of Syed Ali Murad Trust, Secretary JKYF Umar Rafiq, JKYF minority unit head Angat Singh Khalsa.
The speakers spoke about the drug addiction in Kashmir and how to tackle with increasing trend of misuse of drugs among youth.
“Everyone has to play a very important role in saving our younger generation to become the slaves of drugs. Because of inaction of authorities, the drug addiction among the youth is increasing day by day. Corruption, unemployment, conflict in Kashmir resulted in an increase of drug addiction, depression and other problems,” Qanungo said.
Tajamul Sheikh also stressed on the curbing of substance abuse among youth. “As per earlier figures 70,000 youth are involved in drug addiction in Kashmir and many addicts are women folk. A huge chunk of drug addicts are in Srinagar and the drug is being supplied from south Kashmir. There is a conspiracy behind the drug addiction. Many vested interested people want to ruin the future of Kashmir,” he said.
A debate competition was also held in which students spoke about the drug addiction menace. The students also performed a drama showing how youth and students get trapped into drug addiction.