Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, thanked celebrities including Sanjay Dutt, Kapil Sharma and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for creating awareness against drug-abuse in India. More than one crore students took a pledge on February 18 and 19 along with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sanjay Dutt and Kapil Sharma and musicians Badshah and Gurdas Maan, and producer Mahaveer Jain, in Chandigarh via live webcast in approximately 12,000 colleges across the country.
While delivering his speech, PM Modi profusely thanked celebrities from the film industry and sportspersons for supporting the campaign. Moreover, PM Modi also added that drugs are a menace to the society and youngsters must refrain from taking them.
"I have seen how the society is supporting the campaign against drug-abuse. Especially film personalities and sportspersons have also participated in the campaign. I thank them profusely for supporting the Drug Free India movement. Friends, drugs are a great menace to society and this is a fact that is well-known. I would call substance abuse a psycho-socio medical problem," PM Modi said.
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Moreover, PM Modi also said that the number of youngsters taking drugs is "alarming" while he urged addicts to quit. "It is particularly alarming to see so many youngsters take to substance abuse. I want to tell young friends that drugs are not cool. Don't make addiction your attraction. Often, people think that drugs are a style-statement. They show how modern a person is. However, there can be no bigger misconception than this," PM Modi added.
Actors including Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra, Katrina Kaif and filmmaker Karan Johar, will also join the movement.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, on March 10, has planned walkathons across the country, in hundreds of cities, to create awareness against drugs.