Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein kicked-off a football tournament organized by All Namsai Area Youth Association (ANAYA) with the theme ‘Stay fit & healthy, say no to drugs’ to raise awareness against drug and its ill-effects, in Namsai on March 13.

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Speaking on the occasion, Mein informed that the state government is working tirelessly to address the aspirations of younger generation. “Youth are our assets for a brighter Arunachal Pradesh,” Mein said.

He added that growing drug addiction among the youth is a matter of concern. He urged the youth to shun consumption of drugs and take the responsibility of creating a better society.

“The fight against drug abuse should involve multi-faceted policies and processes,” said Mein and added that the government have taken a decision to address it comprehensively and holistically that will involve prevention, intervention, treatment, rehab and integrating the abuser back into the society.

He said that strict action will be initiated against government officials involved in any drug-related activities in any form.

He said games and sports play an important role in developing a vibrant society but at the same time youths must equally concentrate on studies.

He appreciated the efforts initiated by ANAYA to raise awareness about drug abuse among the youths through the sport activity.

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Namsai legislator Chau Zingnu Namchoom said the government is focusing on preventive measures so that the children do not become victim of addiction. “We must provide our youth with knowledge, skills and opportunities for them to excel in life,” he said.

Namsai deputy commissioner RK Sharma also spoke on the occasion.

The first match was played between Namsai Bazar Welfare Committee and Donyi Polo Adi Line team.

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