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Gurdaspur Diary: SSP leads from the front to rehabilitate addicts

Gurdaspur Diary: SSP leads from the front to rehabilitate addicts

Gurdaspur SSP Harish Dayama counselling a drug addict at the de-addiction centre.



If you do not have a door on which opportunity can knock, then build one. This, in essence, seems to be the ideology on which Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harish Dayama seems to be working on as he knocks the doors of private entrepreneurs to find jobs for reformed addicts. “I often tell such youngsters to be like a postage stamp, keep sticking to a thing till you get there. Job opportunities just do not happen, you have to create them,” he says. In what locals term as an unprecedented development, the Gurdaspur police is acting as a facilitator to provide jobs to addicts who have either completely shunned their addiction or are undergoing treatment at the Red-Cross De-addiction Centre. “14 youngsters, painted by society as ‘perennial life-time addicts’ and had nowhere to go despite eschewing their drug habit, have been selected for jobs in the first phase by SSP Dayama,” says Project Director Romesh Mahajan. The SSP paid a two-hour-long visit to the centre on February 5 and discussed threadbare the problems faced by the addicts once they re-enter mainstream society. “I noticed that a majority of these youngsters belonged to the lower middle and middle class segments of society. The rich ones go to private rehabilitation centres for treatment. Once they are drug-free, they seldom look for jobs because they are already financially comfortable. What flummoxed me was the fact that people from the lower and middle strata of society often found themselves out in the cold once they had become clean. I then asked my officers to look for jobs for such youngsters,” he said. He has appealed to private entrepreneurs, including local hoteliers, to come forward to provide employment. The Red Cross De-addiction Centre has become a talking point among the youth who want to leave the habit for good. “Why should we go to other centres when we are sure that once we become clean, we will get jobs,” said Mankirat, a youth who is neck-deep into the heroin habit. The SSP said this was just the first phase. “I am trying to take up cudgels on behalf of these deprived youth with local businessmen. In the second phase, me and my officers will generate more jobs,” he said.

Canadian doctor honoured by Ludhiana University

A Canadian doctor, Dr Davinder Singh Ladher, who has his roots in Gurdaspur, was all smiles after he was appointed as a director on the international advisory board of CT University, Ludhiana. He was visiting his home town to meet old friends and reignite old family ties. He did his schooling from this city in the 1970s before he got a job at PAU, Ludhiana, in the Education Department. He retired as a Professor after putting in three decades long service in the university. He finally relocated to Canada in 2008 where he has made a name for himself and his family by opening educational facilities. Apart from a school he has opened in Brampton, a suburb of Toronto and a known Punjabi dominated area, he has stretched out to establish two colleges —- one medical and the other dental — in Aruba island. They are named as Nucleus School of Medicine and Nucleus School of Dentistry. For the uninitiated, Aruba is a 32-km-long island located on the southernmost tip of the Caribbean Sea. It is a known educational hub where children of the rich and famous hailing from developed countries study. Dr Ladher says education in Aruba is expensive and rarely do you meet an Indian studying there! Here is wishing the doctor all the best for his future endeavours. (Ravi Dhaliwal)

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