New Delhi :To raise public awareness and mobilise support against drug abuse and trafficking, civilians and military personnel today participated in a run in the national capital.
The walkathon to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was flagged off by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot and Minister of State for Social and Justice Empowerment Vijay Sampla followed by a symbolic slogan march with police bands.
Around 4,000 jawans of Narcotics Control Bureau, CRPF, BSF, Coast Guard, SSB and CISF and volunteers from educational institutes took part in the walkathon. The Minister also administered pledge to the participants to say no to drugs.
As part of its efforts to curb the menace of drug abuse, the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment has been implementing the Scheme of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance since 1985.
This scheme provides financial aid to NGOs who have been actively involved in these works.