The program will be launched in collaboration with Art of Living foundation. The Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal will be the chief guest in this program.
The campaign, an initiative of The Art of Living focusing on combating the drug menace in the country, it will be launched in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt will also be a part of it.
Several other prominent Bollywood personalities including Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra, Kapil Sharma, and Badshah have also extended their support to Drug Free India campaign.
Nearly 60,000 students will attend the event on both days, and colleges across the country will join via live broadcast to take a pledge against drug abuse, said a statement issued by The Art of Living.
The Art of Living has mobilised thousands of volunteers for the campaign, and they are creating SWAT (Social Wellness and Awareness Training) clubs across college campuses. These clubs will comprise students, teachers, doctors and social workers who will spread the word against drug abuse.
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has also extended support to the campaign. “Life is beautiful but ‘nasha’ (addiction) doesn’t let us enjoy the beauty of life,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar said in a video message, adding: “There is a rise in cases of addiction. Good people have to come forward to fight this evil.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also throw his support behind this campaign which aims to eradicate drug addiction among youngsters through holistic measures like yoga, meditation, and pranayama.
I wholeheartedly support the #DrugFreeIndia movement organised by @SriSri Ji and his team. Their efforts will spread great awareness on the menace of substance abuse. Efforts like these reflect the collective will of our society towards a better and healthier future. @ArtofLiving
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 13, 2019
Sanjay Dutt who will be participating in this campaign showed his support to the Drug Free India movement in a tweet stating:
I always wanted to do something to uproot drug addiction from India. The #DrugFreeIndia campaign is a step towards that! Because of my personal experiences, it’s a cause very close to my heart & I want to help the youth of our country. Thank you @SriSri guruji for your support 🙏 pic.twitter.com/xeTeNOkyDq
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) February 10, 2019
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