Modi calls for a drug-free India in his third radio address 

After Swachh Bharat, ‘Drug-free India’ is next on the agenda for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Concerned over the rise in drug addiction, Modi urged young people to have the courage to say no to drugs as he addressed the Nation in his third ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme on Sunday. 

He also expressed apprehension that the money spent on drugs could be funding terrorism. 

The prime minister said the menace is a “national pain”, and that instead of the youth being mired in the problem, drugs should be shunned. 

People listen to PM Narendra Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' in Mathura

People listen to PM Narendra Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' in Mathura

During his last radio address on November 4, the Prime Minister had invited views on the issue and had asked NGOs to share their experiences. 

“I am worried as some of our sons and daughters get addicted to drugs and the entire family is torn apart,” he said. 

Describing drugs as a “3D problem – darkness, destruction, devastation”, he said the government will start a toll-free helpline to tackle the issue. 

The PM also suggested launching a special drive on social media against the menace. 

The PM said a thinking process should begin to ensure that the country is rid of this problem, and added that he will try to involve celebrities from the cine world, sports and other fields to campaign for a “drug-free India”. 

At the same time, he said, “drug addiction is bad, not the child.” 

Describing it as a psycho-socio-medical problem, he said the family, friends, society, government and the law will have to work together to fight it as working in pieces will not help. 

“You may be thinking that taking drugs is a style statement... It is just leads you to devastation… Have you thought that the money you spend on drugs might be going to terrorists who buy bullets to kill our soldiers? You also love mother India. How can you help terrorists?” he said. 

In his address, Modi also mentioned about drug problems in Punjab and Gujarat. Modi also referred to the UN decision declaring June 21 as the International Yoga Day and said a record 177 nations cosponsored the resolution on a subject which is an idea of India.