Savera 91

11nd Oct 1991

Film Star Jeetendra has exhorted the younger generation, particularly students, to keep away from drugs which he said, would not only ruin them individually but also their families.

He was addressing college students at “Savera-91” and anti-drug awareness programmed jointly organized by Sahyog Foundation, a socio-cultural organization and the University of Bombay here last night.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Mehroo Bengalee, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bombay, said and anti-drug cell has been set up by the varsity basically to deal with the problem of drug addiction among students with the support of law enforcement agencies and social service organizations.

Besides, the University had introduced a course on “Personlity Devlopment Integrated programme” which aimed at developing the Inner personality of students and ensured that they do not get into wrong habits such as drugs.

The Vice Chancellor appealed to the students to take a pledge that they would never take drugs and make the entire University a drug-free zone.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Narcotics), Mr. Rahul Sur, said that students who were taking to drugs were infact treading on the road from which they could never back.

“Get high on every thing but not on drugs”, he said in his message to the students and warned them that a drug-addict becomes his own worst enemy.

The Chairman of Sahyog Foundation, Mr. Ram Jawhrani, announced that his organization and the University of Bombay had jointly set up a research cell to find out the causes of drug menace and how to tackle the problem effectively.

The former sheriff of Bombay, Mr. Nana Chudasama, appealed to all the sections of the society to strive hard and make Bombay a “drug-free” city in the next five years.

Mr. Chudasama urged the new enforcement agencies to bring drug peddlers to book and deal with them strictly as “drug mafia was worse than terrorism.”

He lauded the role of Bombay Municipal Corporation, Police authorities and social organizations such as Sahyog Foundation in dealing with the drug menace and bringing about an awareness about the ill-effects of drugs.

Dr. Yusuf Merchant, who runs a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in the city, said around 80,000 persons were consuming brown sugar in Bombay alone and on an average four drug-addicts died every day.

Earlier, and elocution competition on “Drug-free dawn” was held in which students from at least 15 colleges participated.

A drama “Subah Hote Hi Shaam Huye” was staged by artistes some of whom were drug addicts in real life once and now reformed. The script was written by a city psychologist, Mrs. Munira Surati.”

Sahyog Foundation, a Socio-Cultural organization, and the University of Bombay jointly launched a campaign against drugs on the ‘Anti Drug’ Day today to create awareness among the youths, particularly students, about the ill-effects of drugs.

Disclosing this Mr. Ram Jawhrani, Chairman of Sahyog Foundation, said both the organizations had planned a show ‘Savera – 91’ on October 11 at university club bouse which would feature a drama “Subah Hote Hi Shaam Huyi” to focus on the harmfull effects of drugs.

For the first time, slum dwellers, students and youths who were earlier drug addicts and now reformed, would participate in the drama, Mr. Jawhrani said.

The drama would be followed by a panel discussion on the subject in which eminent personalities such as Ms. Mehroo Bengalee, Vice Chancellor of Bombay University, Mr. Rahul Sur, DCP (Narcotics), Dr. Yusuf Merchant and Film Star Jitendra, would present their views.