No drug-peddlers will go unpunished: Shahriar Alam
Published: 01:14 PM, 24 October 2021
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam addressing a meeting to mark the opening and prize-giving ceremonies of an anti-drugs football tournament on Charghat Pilot High School playground in Rajshahi as chief guest - Photo: Collected
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said that no drug-peddlers will go unpunished as the present government is pledge-bound to free the country from drug abuse along with its illicit trafficking and trading.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has declared a zero-tolerance policy against drug abuse and in line with this the Charghat and Bagha Upazilas will be freed from the curse.
The state minister came up with the observation while addressing a meeting to mark the opening and prize-giving ceremonies of an anti-drugs football tournament on Charghat Pilot High School playground in Rajshahi on Saturday afternoon as chief guest.
The Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) and District Administration jointly hosted the tournament with the main thrust of creating awareness among the public in general, particularly the young generation, about the harmful impacts of drug-addiction.
With Deputy Commissioner Abdul Jalil in the chair, the ceremony was addressed, among others, by Civil Surgeon Dr Quiume Talukder, DNC Deputy Director Lutfor Rahman, Additional Superintendent of Police Ashraful Islam and Upazila Chairmen Fakhrul Islam and Layeb Uddin Lavlu.
Shahriar Alam said concerted efforts of the government and non-government organizations concerned has become crucial to free the society from abuse of drugs through creating mass-awareness.
Focusing on creating mass-awareness to check the abuse of drug he said full-length support of public representatives and communities can be the best ways to contain abuse of drugs.
"We have to build a healthy society to achieve sustainable development goals," he said, adding movements against drug abuse should be turned into a social movement. He urged all concerned to work along with the government to prevent drug abuse.