Chandigarh: Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal to take the problem of drug addiction among the youth in the state seriously.
 Reacting to Badal and Sukhbir’s statements on the issue, Amarinder asked them "to act responsibly and don’t make a joke of such a serious problem."
 He said running away from the problem and denying it vehemently would not eradicate the menace.
The PCC chief said it was the Punjab government which had given the figures in a court that 70 per cent of the youth in the state in a particular age group had been affected by the drugs.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had referred to this during a function at the Punjab University, he said.
By criticising Gandhi, Amarinder said the Akalis were contradicting their own stand in the court.
 "Instead of taking the issue seriously, the father-son duo joined by others like Bikram Majithia (Revenue minister) are repeatedly skirting the issue and putting the blame on others," he said.
Merely saying that there was influx of drugs into the state from Pakistan and Afghanistan was a classic case of passing the buck, Amarinder said.
 "What about the domestic drug industry that is flourishing in Punjab? The state needs to set its own house in order," he said.
The Congress chief said the Chief Minister and his Deputy should behave and act in a responsible manner.
They should not make a joke of a serious problem which was "eating into the vitals of our society", he said.
Amarinder said "a number of youth are not able to make it to the armed forces for lack of physical fitness which is mainly due to consumption of drugs."



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