Bhubaneswar, June 26 (LocalWire): Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation along with the state excise department organised an awareness rally on Wednesday to make people aware of today’s ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’.
As many as 500 students including NCC cadets, NSS volunteers and youth leaders participated in the event.
The rally started from BMC office premises and continued to Master Canteen Square, via Kalpana and Rajmahal squares.
The event was addressed by the minister of social security and empowerment of persons with disabilities, Ashok Chandra Panda and Bhubaneswar MLA (Central) Ananta Narayan Jena. Commissioner-cum-secretary Excise Department Sushil Kumar Lohani also spoke on the occasion.
Former BMC Mayor said, ‘This movement was there in the past and will continue in the future so that we can rescue people from the clutches of drugs and their addictive effects as it will otherwise destroy the social system.’
All members of society should be alert to keep a watch on the drug users, he added.