New Delhi: Over 3,000 people on Sunday
participated in a "run" here on the International Day against
Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, to create awareness about
the challenges of drug addiction.
The run, which was flagged off by Delhi Women and
Child Development Minister Kiran Walia, at India Gate lawns
was attended by around 3,000 people, including jawans of
Narcotics Control Bureau, CRPF, ITBP, BSF, Coast Guards, SSB,
CISF, NCC and students from various educational institutions.
The participants also carried placards asking people
not to involve in drug abuse.
A cultural show and street play was also here.
"The Delhi Government has committed to cut the menace
of drug abuse and has already taken a number of steps like
setting up of de-addiction camps and launching of public
campaigns against drug abuse for mass awareness," said Walia.
She also said that the Government has initiated a
proposal for strengthening the institutional mechanism by
creating a number of new posts in the Department of
Prohibition to effectively take steps against drug abuse.
Music bands of CRPF, BSF and ITBP also performed on
In 1987, the UN General Assembly decided to observe
June 26 as the International Day against Drugs Abuse and
Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to
strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an
international society free of drug abuse.
The General Assembly recognised that despite continued
efforts by the international community, the world drug problem
continues to constitute a serious threat to public health, the
safety and well-being of humanity, in particular young people.