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PM expresses concern over growing problem of alcoholism

Modi asked the Sansthan to save the younger generation from falling victim to alcoholism

Press Trust of India  |  Haridwar 

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today voiced concern over the growing problem of among the and said society will be "ruined" in the next 25 years if the menace was not checked. Modi was addressing people associated with the Umiya Sansthan, a socio-religious organisation, in Haridwar through video conference on the inauguration of Ma Umiya Dham Ashram. Praising the Sansthan for according priority to social causes, he spoke of the crucial role it could play in fighting among the and creating awareness about cleanliness and environment conservation. Remembering how the institution had lent him a helping hand in stopping female and providing succour to quake-hit people when he had just taken over as chief minister, Modi asked the Sansthan to save the from falling victim to besides inspiring devotees to keep the environment clean. "I am sharing this concern with you as someone who has grown among your midst and not as the Don't you hear news about the especially our boys falling victim to and things our ancestors hated.

If we let this tendency grow in 20-25 years our society will be ruined. "Considering your contribution to social causes in the past I shall appeal to you to stop the from going astray," the said. Modi suggested that devotees coming to the ashram should be asked whether or not they had made toilets at home and offered a sapling each to plant and nurture with the same devotion which they show while worshipping Ma Umiya. "It will help get rid of open defecation and keeping the environment clean and green," he said. He said the 'dharamshala' opened by the Umiya Sansthan will tremendously boost tourism in the whole of north India especially Uttarakhand where major pilgrimages like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are located. Modi said circuit tourism may be a modern coinage but the concept has been part of India's traditions for ages as people in this country have long been undertaking long journeys to visit major centres of faith. The congratulated the Sansthan for setting up such a large dharamshala in Haridwar for devotees, saying people visiting the Himalayan shrines of Uttarakhand will benefit immensely from the facility which will boost religious tourism in the state. He also recalled the enthusiasm with which he used to take part in Ma Umiya Devi festival celebrations as a young volunteer in

First Published: Thu, October 05 2017. 16:13 IST