March against Drugs
Five hundred children whose parents are drug addicts would be kicking off the march from Makboolpura, Amritsar against the distribution of drugs and liquor during the ensuing elections of the Punjab Assembly. A 7-day march would be led by Sh. H.S. Phoolka, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India. The march would be blessed and launched by Jathedar, Sri Akal Takht Sahib, GyaniGurbachan Singh ji by performing ardasat the Harmandir Sahib.
The first phase is of three days, 13th, 14th and 15th January 2012, which would cover Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Ferozpur, Mukhsar, Faridkot, Moga and Ludhiana. The first phase ends at Ludhiana on the 15th of January. The second phase will take place on 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd January and would cover other districts of Punjab.
Today, a delegation consisting of Sh. KuldeepNayar, noted Journalist; Justice RajinderSachar (Retd.), President, PUCL; Sh. H.S. Phoolka and Sh. BhuvanRibhu, Gen. Sec. BachpanBachaoAndolan met the Chief Election Commissioner, Sh. S.Y. Qureshi and the other two election commissioners. The CEC has highly appreciated this move by the civil society and has said that there is a dire need of such movements. Sh. Qureshi has stated that drugs and liquor distribution is a major problem in Punjab and the Election Commission requires the support of civil society to put a check on this evil. The Election Commission has assured its complete support and cooperation towards the initiative.
Sh. Phoolka informed the Election Commission that they have started 2 hotline numbers where anyone can lodge a complaint if any candidate is found distributing drugs or liquor. The hotline numbers are09779747474 and 09872959595. The Election Commission has assured that any complaint communicated to the Commission would be met with prompt action. Sh. Phoolka also informed the Election Commission that their group has formed monitoring committees in all districts of Punjab and a strong team of lawyers in Chandigarh and district centres all over Punjab would render legal assistance to initiate action against errant candidates.
The legal team at Chandigarh is headed by Sh. Navkiran Singh, Advocate and Sh. RoshanlalBatta, Senior Advocate. The Election Commission was also apprised that a number of organizations have joined hands in this campaign. The President of the Indian Medical Association, Punjab Chapter, Dr. Shiv Dutt Gupta and the President of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, Sh. Dhaliwal have extended full cooperation.