Members the Akaal Purkh Ki Fauj during the launching of a campaign against drug addiction in Amritsar on

Sikh body to battle drug menace

Amritsar, Punjab: A Sikh religious organisation, Akaal Purkh Ki Fauj (APKF), today launched the campaign “Galwakdi” to wean the youth away from drugs. APKF director Jaswinder Singh said to achieve the objective of drug-free Punjab, they would reconnect the youth with the rich religious and cultural heritage of the state. He said the campaign was started as a pilot project on the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh last year.

“The success of the campaign prompted us to take it across the state,” he added.

The director said the addiction of various kinds and apostasy had spread far and wide among the youth. “It should be tackled to keep the posterity in touch with the Sikh heritage and values,” he said. Singh added that drug addicts were a threat to the law and order as they could go to any extent to fulfill their needs.

APKF convener Harpreet Singh said 500 teams with five-members each had been constituted and these would meet 50,000 families in six months.

Before beginning the drive in the state, the teams would be given proper training, he added. He said only those volunteers would be selected who had adequate knowledge of Gurbani, Sikh rehat maryada, communication skill and computers.

Source: The Tribune

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