Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today urged Jathedar of the Akal Takht, the top temporal body of Sikhs, Giani Gurbachan Singh, to appeal to the community to not resort to drug abuse and strictly follow the path shown by their great Gurus.
The move comes days after the Punjab government, faced with criticism from several quarters over alleged spate of deaths due to drug overdose in the state, wrote to the Centre recommending death penalty for first-time drug peddlers and smugglers and ordered mandatory dope tests on all government employees.
"A sizeable chunk of the state's population had been in the grip of drug abuse for the past many years," he pointed out, adding that several youngsters from Sikh families had also fallen prey to it.
Though the government has already launched a vigorous anti-drug campaign, its efforts need to be further strengthened and supplemented, he said.
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