Written by Tharushan Fernando
26 Jun, 2016 | 8:04 pm
President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the sixth phase of the national programme held in Nuwara-Eliya on Sunday stated that in the process of creating a “drug-free nation”, an example is better than precept. The event was jointly organised by the Presidential Task Force on drug eradication and the Nuwara-Eliya district secretariat.
During the event, special badges were given away to students who had dedicated themselves to curb the menace of drugs. Members of the Sri Lanka police force and the civil defence forces were also felicitated at the event.
The president stated that annually the Nuwara Eliya district spends nearly Rs.16 billion on alcohol and cigarettes, and stated that an astonishing fact is that more women tend to consume such substances than men.
The president pointed out that the Venerable Sangha and other religious leaders are already playing a major role in eradicating drugs from society. However there is a need for more involvement in the process from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, all government sector employees as well as politicians.But what must be understood is that the biggest issue being faced is that even though everyone speaks up against drugs and is of the opinion it must be eradicated, there is the need to have a strong backbone and level head when taking such decisiona, and that is why example is better that precept, pointed out the president.
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