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Mangalore: Teachers, police, administration pledge to fight drug menace together

Mangalore: Teachers, police, administration pledge to fight drug menace together

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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (VM)

Mangalore, Feb 8: In a consolidated effort to root out drug menace in the city, especially in the surroundings of schools and colleges, heads of various educational institutions participated in the anti-drug campaign organized by the Mangalore city police and the district administration at the conference hall, police guest house here on Friday February 8.

Dr Ramila Shekar and Dr Hilda Rayappan of Prajna Counselling Centre were the resource persons.

City police commissioner Manish Karbikar in his address said the campaign had been organized to raise serious concerns over the young generation being increasingly drawn to narcotics. "We have called the principals and teachers of all colleges as regular interaction with parents and teachers is not possible. Feedbacks and interaction with you will help us in tackling the problem," he said.

"It might be a family or social problem which makes youngsters take wrong direction in life," said Dr Ramila Shekar, "It happens not only in youth, but starts with children sniffing an eraser or correction liquid. These days students adopt risk taking behavior and there is no one to guide them properly," she said.

"Lack of attachment between child and parents, peer pressure, inspiration from movies are some of the reasons why students take narcotics. Addiction among parents will also influence their child," she said.

Commenting on ways to prevent drug addiction, Shekar said, "It is not one department that can solve the problem, if we want to fight drug menace we should all join our hands together. It is important to prevent before it becomes a habit. There is a tendency among parents to hide bad things about their children and insist that they are good. This should stop."

She advised teachers and educational institutions to follow a clear no-drug rule in their classes and campuses and appoint professional councilors. "Do not moralize, do not condemn nor tease the drug addicts, instead, lend a helping hand to them," she added.

Professor Hilda Rayappan said she handles at least two cases of drug addiction a week and as per a study, around 73 million people in the country are addicted to drugs. 'I am happy that the citizens have come forward with an open mind to curb this problem now," she said.

"First of all parents should take the initiative to protect their child from narcotics. As per my experience, most of the drug addiction cases occur due to lack of supervision by parents," she said, urging parents to supervise their children and correct them whenever they go wrong.

"The present situation of Mangalore hurts me so much as this was not the condition before. I wish the authorities could bring out solutions to the problems facing the city," she said.

During the interaction, principal of Sharada Vidyalaya College, whose student Sneha was addicted to drugs and committed suicide recently, said that they had no doubt about Sneha’s behavior. "We were not able to identify her as a drug addict and the news reached us only after she was admitted to a de-addiction centre in Bangalore," she said.

She further said a wine shop had been recently opened near the college area which is also close to colleges like Canara, Beasant, Expert and others. "I urge authorities to take action against the wine shop," she said.

Principal of Mahaveer College, Moodbidri asked officials ensure that alcohol, cigarettes and other substances do not go into the hands of students.

Speaking on Sneha as a student of Mahatma Gandhi High School, Bondel, the headmistress of the school said that the school authorities had warned her several times over her misbehaviour, especially when she was once caught with 'supari'. They had also brought it to the attention of her parents, she said.

On her performance in academics, she said the media report of Sneha getting good marks was totally false. "Sneha never crossed 70 % marks in her high school studies," she claimed.

Deputy commissioner N Prakash in his address said the drug network is a complex problem which does not have any one-point solution. Teachers and parents can play a vital role in curbing this menace by taking positive  steps whenever they see any attitude change among children, he said.

"Whenever parents or teachers see change among children, they should work on it and find out the cause. With this we can at least bring certain amount of change," he said. He expressed his gratitude to all the participants present for joining in for a good cause and assured his full support.

K N Vijayprakash, CEO of zilla panchayat, DCP Muthuraya, DCP Dharmaiah, CCB inspector Venkatesh Prasanna among others were present.

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  • chaitra, mangalore

    Sat, Feb 9 2013

    if a child is repeatedly doing mistake its problem at home. few parent especially mother always hide their childs mistake. if teacher call and advise they teach teachers not thier son/daughter . so it may be the same thing happend here too. we should rectify our childs mistake instead of blaming teachers or taking revenge wtih them.

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  • ANIL THOMAS DSILVA, MANGALORE-AFGHANISTAN

    Sat, Feb 9 2013

    DRUG ADDICT IS ONE WHO FOLLOWING SOME ONE WHO TAKES DRUG.
    IS IT A FASHION TAKING DRUG?
    I SAY YES ONLY FOR THOSE WHO NEVER CARE FOR THEIR LIFE AND THEIR BELOVED PARENTS, ITS EVERY ONCE RESPONSIBILITY TO FIGHT AGAINST THE DRUG.
    USUALLY STUDENTS START TAKING DRUGS BY SMOKING, AND PARENTS NEVER KNOWS ABT THIS, COZ THEY GO TO PARTY'S, BEACHES ETC.
    IN MY WORK EXPERIENCE I HAVE SEEN MANY YOUNGSTERS SMOKING AND TAKING DRUGS JUST BCOZ THEY JUST STARTED EARNING AND ITS THEIR MONEY.
    SOME TIME IT HAPPENS FORCEFULLY LIKE WEN A FRIEND SAY'S TO HIS FRIEND U HAVE TO HAVE TASTE OF SMOKING AND TAKING DRUGS ECT IN YOUR LIFE ONCE, LISTENING TO THIS FOOLISH GUYS START TAKING IT AND BECOME THE ADDICT OF THIS.
    DEAR YOUNGSTERS PL'S STOP TAKING THIS THINGS. CARE FOR YOUR FAMILY AND YOURSELF, DON'T WASTE AND SPOIL UR LIFE WHICH IS A GREATEST GIFT OF GOD TO YOUR PARENTS,
    JUST THINK ABT 9 MONTHS PAIN OF CARING U IN HER WOMB UNTIL U COME OUT AND THE LIFE LONG PAIN OF LOSING U.

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  • suresh saligrama, bangalore

    Sat, Feb 9 2013

    drug is like spider. each one should oppose this then only we can see good future. specially for younger generation it should reach the reality of the life.

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  • J.F.D'SOUZA, ATTAVAR,MANGALORE

    Sat, Feb 9 2013

    Dr. Ramila Shekar definitely your suggestion is fine and noteworthy. We all should come together and join our hands to give strenth to Polie dept. to curb this drugs. Drug mafia is deep rooted now. Continous action is required for this. menance. Then only it is possible to eradicate it.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 9 2013

    It look like Mangalore and Udupi police dont have anti narcotic cell . Ask any villagers in Udupi, fact is that in Manipal , more than 50 % students consume drugs .What is our Police doing?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mumbai/Mapusa

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    I guess the authorities have no road map as yet. I do understand Mangalore has been plagued by this problem for the first time and police are caught unawares. Narcotics are not beedis, cigrattes, gutka, supari and wine. Why don’t you guys take the help of professionals like Mumbai or Goa police who are experts in handing narcotic related problems…………..

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    A good start but make it an ongoing program. The head of institutions and the Narcotics Cell of the police, independent of one another, should identify few students in the institutions as the informers to identify the drug peddlers, drug stocking hideouts and the drug edicts. It is not that difficult to reach the main cartels and the inter-state drug smugglers. Majority of ganja comes from Shimoga, Sagar, Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, Mangalore becomes only a point of sale.
    It is told that both the NDC and the city police cite staff shortage as hindering efficiency in dealing with narcotics. An NDC official said of the 10 posts in the cell, only three had been filled and there is no clerical staff. Sadly, out of the four posts of head constable, only one has been filled and the posts of sub-inspector and constable post are vacant. Shockingly, in a recent raid at Arsikere, the entire Narcotics Cell had to close office and go there. That is the reality of our city’s Narcotics Cell. We have so many police officials and constabularies to protect the ministers and politicians whom we have elected but we don’t have basic police officials in the Narcotics Cell of the police to protect our students, youth and the GenNext. How sad?

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    Dear Pooja
    Ab Samjaa...
    Aap Naaraaz Tho
    Nahin Naa?

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  • Atul Bhat, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    When i was in college there was a seminar on Drugs and Narcotics and it was optional. People only went for it, because they were forced to, or because they were members of the club that organized that, or simply to get free attendance. The problem is when a person talks, college students hardly pay complete attention.
    I suggest Colleges show some documentaries by BBC, or others on the effects of Drugs. They clearly show how a person suffers in withdrawal. I agree there are some interviews of the addicts who describe the drugs as good, but the college staff can edit the videos. The Local Government themselves can Make some videos and show it in schools and Colleges.
    Blaming it on the movies and video games is clearly not an option. There has been research and it clearly shows that it does not affect the children's minds. that is simply a fantasy world. Instead if Kids are shown how hard it is to get rid of the habit, before they get into it, then it will not be too late for them.
    Finally parenting matters. Parents sometimes give their kids what they want, and treat them too nicely and later start complaining about the drug mafia when the kids are addicted. Parents must teach the proper values and explain it to the kids at the right age.

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  • Pooja, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    Mr R Bhandarkar, 'pledge' need not mean an outward display of oath-taking or a written document. It also means a solemn promise, or a commitment to do something, which in this case refers to fighting drug menace.

    Good job by all concerned.

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  • Rakesh shetty, mangalore

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    GOOD MOVE. GOOD AWARENESS CAMPAIGN.

    HATS OFF TO SOCIAL GROUP FOR GIVING ALERT AND WAKE UP CALL TO POLICE PARENTS,TEACHERS,STUDENTS.

    THIS CAMPAIGN IS DUE TO SOCIAL GROUP EFFORT. I AM SURE COMING DAYS INDIA WILL BECOME SAFE AND STRONG JAI HO.

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    Good move... atlast

    Let our youths stay away from drug/homestay and pub culture...

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  • Vishal, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    It will be very difficult for the parents to figure out the drug abuse by their own children. The children too will not disclose about it. However, somehow other students will disclose it to their own parents. These parents should immediately call the parents of accused which will help curbing the drug abuse in the initial stage itself. Therefore, the telephone numbers of the parents of all the children should be available with each other.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    We the people, PARENTS should stop kids from being even close to the drug peddlers, dwellers. specially neighbours and friends who are into drugs. the POLICE should save CHILDREN's lives. because the rich succeed in drugs as they come from a high society, others can't even afford drugs and their lives are burried. what are the POLICE doing ?

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    Teachers, police, administration pledge to fight drug menace together is very good step.
    Politicians who are elected by people and contested should also take active part in eradicating the drug menace.
    Not an impossible task!
    If all genuinely work together, our state and country will be free from such drugs within a month!

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    Dr Ramila Shekar's observations
    noteworthy.
    But where's the 'Pledge'? Is there an ATT(Action To be Taken) blueprint which has not been divulged by mistake by the authorities?Just thinking.....

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  • GERALD, MODANKAP

    Fri, Feb 8 2013

    NICE TO SEE THE POLICE ON DAIS !! FIRST OF ALL POLICE SHOULD BE PUBLIC FRIENDLY THEN YOU CAN GET THE RESULT UNLESS UNTILL NOBODY WANTS TO SEE YOU SIRS !!!!!!

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