It may not sound music to the ears of many Punjabi singers, but Punjab Government has made it clear that it would not let the crooners say “yo! yo!” to drugs in songs. For, the State Government would soon come up with a law to curb the “menace” of Punjabi singers promoting drugs in their songs and films.
Announcing this, the state Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has also appealed to the artists hailing from Punjab to not encourage drugs in their songs and films.
“The State Government is bringing in a law soon to curb the menace,” said the Minister while airing his views on Tuesday during a meeting with famous folk singer Pammi Bai who called on him especially to voice his concern over the issue.
The singer welcomed the move of Punjab Government to bring such a law.Expressing grave concern over the issue of Punjab youth caught up in cobweb of drugs, Channi minced no words to say that the films and songs by Punjabi artists have encouraged this trend.
That is not all! The Minister also termed the young generation, considering such artists and singers as their role models, as the main cause of them (the youth) being attracted to drugs.
He emphasized that the Punjabi artists should not encourage youth of the state to take to drugs by glorifying the menace.
Channi said that it is the duty of the Punjabi artists to present real picture of the Punjabi culture before the world so as to dispel the wrong notions about the State. He expressed strong hope that if such a thing materializes, it would give fillip to the tourism sector of Punjab.
Folk singer Pammi Bai maintained that strong action is needed against the glorification of drugs through Punjabi singers.
“I would support such a move by the Government,” he said while calling upon the art and music lovers to create a people’s movement against the menace of drugs and also called for the social boycott of the artists glorifying drugs.