International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: An Awareness Rally at St Philomena College, Puttur – KONKANCATHOLIC.COM

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: An Awareness Rally at St Philomena College, Puttur

June 27, 2023

Puttur 26 June: St Philomena College, St Philomena PU College, St Philomena Aided Highschool,3/19KAR BN NCC ,91/19 KAR BN NCC ,5 KAR NAVAL NCC ,41 /A 5 KAR NAVAL NCC ,44/6 KAR AIR SQN NCC and Anti – Drugs Vigilance Committee of the College jointly organised a program in view of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In connection with the same, an Awareness Rally was conducted in Puttur city on June 26, 2023.

Mr Srikanth Rathod, Sub Inspector, Puttur Town Police Station, participated as the resource person on the occasion of a short formal programme. After administering the oath, he said, “Of all the social evils already existing in this society, the most intense problem is drug abuse by the youth. It is consumed as they are influenced by fashion, the internet, and friends. To create awareness, it is important to target schools and colleges. The steps taken by St Philomena College are appreciable”. Further, he said if anyone is found using drugs, it is the responsibility of every individual to inform the elders, teachers, or police station. The miscreants will be prosecuted and will undergo severe legal action for the criminal act. Drug abuse destroys the self, family, and community. Therefore, everyone needs to have love for life and society.”

Rev. Dr Antony Prakash Monteiro Principal of the college, in his presidential address said, “Youth is the power of any nation. But the tragic part is that the youth is falling prey to this kind of drug abuse and are welcoming various kinds of diseases. This mars the economy and development of the country. Moreover, it has a negative impact on the overall health of the people and the society as a whole. The tiny effort initiated by the cadets of NCC is worth admiration.”

Rev. Fr Ashok Rayan Crasta, Principal of St Philomena College, and Rev. Fr Maxim D’Souza, Head Master St Philomena High School, Hawaldar Thangavelu, and Hawaldar Suresh Kumar, were gracefully present during the programme.

Lieutenant Johnson David Sequeira, NCC Naval Wing officer of the college, Thejaswi Bhat, St Philomena High School NCC Officers Mr Naresh Lobo, Mr Clement Pinto, and Mr Roshan Sequeira extended necessary guidance to the Cadets. The Awareness Rally started from SJM Hall of the College, was enrouted through Darbe Circle, and concluded at the main entrance gate of St Philomena College.

Paul Herald Mascarenhas, convener of the Anti-Drug Vigilance Committee of the College, compered the programme.