Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday urged the state's youth to distance themselves from all forms of drugs, emphasizing the importance of preserving the future of both the State and the nation. At the same time, he also highlighted the destructive impact of drug abuse on families and society as a whole.
The Chief Minister, speaking during the Rahgiri – ‘Apni Rahe Apni Zindagi’ programme in Rohtak, said that through various initiatives under the Drug-Free Haryana campaign, the Government is committed to raise awareness about the harmful consequences of drug abuse.
He called upon every citizen to actively participate in the noble cause to make Haryana a completely drug-free state. On this occasion, Chief Minister commended the impressive Malkhamb performance by the students of Gurukul Ladhaut and announced a grant of Rs two lakh to support Gurukul.
Khattar also praised Haryana’s youth, referring to them as shining stars who are driving progress in both the state and the country. Despite the fact that only two percent of the country's population resides in Haryana, the state contributes 11 percent of the soldiers to the Indian army. In addition, Haryana consistently produces top athletes, with almost every third player in various sports hailing from the state.
Describing the farmers, soldiers and wrestlers of the State as brave, the Chief Minister said that the brave soldiers of Haryana do every work with full hard work and dedication. He emphasized the importance of the Rahgiri program in providing relief from the daily stresses of life and promoting a sense of refreshment. The government had organized a Cyclothon for 25 days to spread the message of a drug-free Haryana, covering a distance of about 1978 kilometers and involving the participation of about five lakh people.
The Chief Minister also honoured Suhana Saini, the world number one table tennis player, and encouraged other youth to draw inspiration from her achievements. He also appreciated the talents displayed by participants in activities such as painting, mehandi, and wall painting.
The message of a drug-free Haryana was also conveyed through a short drama performance during the Rahgiri program. The event also witnessed various activities including tug of war, table tennis, health checkup stalls, and products from self-help groups.
Calls for Gaushalas' support in providing shelter to stray cattle
In another event during the 121st annual program at the Sisana Gaushala in Sonipat, Khattar urged all the gaushalas to step forward and assist in providing shelter for the livestock currently roaming on the roads. The State Government will provide full cooperation for this noble initiative. He specifically urged gaushalas in Sonipat district to establish a committee for the purpose of accommodating stray cattle, with the assurance of government support for their efforts.
The Chief Minister also announced a grant of Rs 51 lakh for Sisana Gaushala this year, in addition to the previous grant of Rs 42 lakh. Besides, a research center on 25 acres, focusing on the development of indigenous cattle breeds, cow urine, cow dung, and related research, will be established by the Gau Sewa Aayog.
Khattar personally participated in serving the cows at Sisana Gaushala by feeding them grass. He called for transcending political boundaries and urged everyone to contribute to cattle welfare. He also highlighted the numerous benefits of cow's milk and praised the Sisana Gaushala's long-standing history.