Sikh body trains volunteers for campaign on drugs

Amritsar, Punjab: Akaal Purkh Ki Fauj (APKF), a Sikh religious organisation, today held a training session at Bhai Gurdas Hall for volunteers, who would undertake the task of weaning away the youth from drugs through a door-to-door drive in the state.

The volunteers converged under the “Galwakdi” campaign initiated by the APKF.

APKF director Jaswinder Singh informed that in order achieve the objective of drug-free Punjab, the volunteers would try to connect the youth with the rich Sikh culture and heritage.

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.

Singh said drug addicts were a threat to the law and order situation as they could go to any extent to fulfil their needs.

He resolved to approach each Sikh family in the state under the campaign.

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

He said the volunteers who have adequate knowledge of Gurbani, Sikh Rehat Maryada (Sikh religious code of conduct), communication skills and knowledge of computers, had been selected for training.

Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat also addressed the volunteers on the occasion.

Source: The Tribune

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