Make Chandigarh drugs free, improve sports infrastructure: Joshi Foundation suggests Badnore

Chandigarh, July 5, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)

Chandigarh – the heart of Punjab and Haryana – could only be made drugs free by boosting physical and mental fitness of youth in Chandigarh, emphasized a strong delegation of sports associations, international players, yoga associations and educationists and under banner of Joshi Foundation while meeting the Governor Punjab and Administrator UT Chandigarh Mr VP Badnore here today.

There is a dire need to improve the existing sports infrastructure of city and raising new to ensure channelization of youth energy into the right direction. For this better coordination between government departments is also needed to make sports a mandatory part of regular curriculum of the city schools and colleges, added the delegation.

Chairman of the Joshi Foundation Vineet Joshi said that these recommendations are based on suggestions given by 32 sports associations and 5 international sports players at a Round Table Conference on the topic ‘Drug Menace in Chandigarh — Exploring Solutions’, on 26th of June, i.e. International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Boosting of physical and mental fitness of youth in Chandigarh could be done by holding 10 exercises or yoga postures in morning assembly. Make it mandatory for all students to opt for at least one sports at the time of admission or promotion. Declare Saturday as a mandatory sports day, hold monthly Inter House/ Intra Mural sports Competitions, introduce Sports result card as is Annual academic Report Card, hold annual Sports Audit of all educational institutes.

It also recommended to hold bi-Annual Mandatory Medical Checkup and fitness test, make Open gyms in the educational institutes.

Proper implementation of mandatory physical and health education be ensured at CBSE-affiliated schools for classes 1 to 12. Need to hold social Programs to focus on physical education was also felt.

Joshi Foundation recommended that to create Awareness regarding ill effects of Drug Abuse a booklet should be brought out alerting about the bad effects of drugs. Monthly Anti-Drugs Awareness seminars should be held at the School level. Mandatory play/ program on bad effects of drugs be introduced at the Annual function. Inter House Poster making, Slogan writing, Debates on Drugs should be held.

Chapters should be introduced about the bad effect of drugs in curriculum. Also anti-Drugs skit should be held at least once in a month in the school.

Special seminars of health experts on ill effects of Supplements sold by fitness centers, Gyms, Chemists, etc be held. Besides this to motivate students, Motivational, Inspirational programs should be held wherein Lectures by international Players, toppers and alumni could be included

To create awareness about Drug addiction Symptoms and importance of parenting Bi-Annual Seminars, lectures by experts in campuses itself should be conducted.

President Joshi Foundation Saurabh Joshi added that as educational institutes function for around 190 days in a year, so, to boost area wise physical activity , government should Allocate or specify Spaces for Sports, games, Yoga, exercises in each sector, village and rehabilitation colonies. Play grounds of educational institutes should be allowed for sports after 2 pm and full day on holidays.

Municipal Corporation Parks should be made available to students, youth to play in the evening and early morning. Sports or games may be specified as per the layout of the park. Sports, games, Yoga, exercises should be allowed in all the Community Centers of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation as per the lay out.

Morning & evening Yoga Classes in Parks and community centers should be held. Chandigarh sports Department has excellent sports facilities at eleven places in Chandigarh. These should be promoted vigorously, at least, in the neighboring sectors. Panjab University has all the facilities, Sports Authority of India coaches are available free. At least neighboring area youth can come here and do physical activity.

Awareness regarding early symptoms of Drug-addiction via seminars, nukkad natak, Poster exhibition, movies, etc. Chandigarh administration and Municipal corporation should be given the task. Anti Drug & parenting Seminars in Community Centers. Involve international players.

Vigorous recruitment of Chandigarh born Sportsperson in Chandigarh Administration should be done to drive youngsters towards sports. Government should Ensure Chemists don’t sell drugs without prescription, Municipal Corporation Parks are not well lit, addicts use it as a place for drug consumption so these parks should be well lit and well maintained. Chandigarh Police and Chandigarh Administration should be more pro active.

Lack of coordination between Education and sports department, They work more as rivals less as team. Ensure proper maintenance of Play grounds in educational institutes. Extra classes for students with low percentage should be held. Government should fill up the vacant posts of coaches at sports complexes, educational institutes, etc. Special seminars be held for teachers.

Strict action be taken against SHO in whose area drug is being sold or death due to drug overdose occurs. Glamorizing of Liquor should be stopped as Alcoholism is a disease, Administration should work out proposal to decrease liquor vends every financial year. Weekly yoga classes for employees at their work place.

More sports center should be developed in villages. Existing should be renovated and brought up to the mark. Health Department should bring out Book on side effects of steroids / supplement Time to time Notification of banned drugs be made public. Separate De-addiction centers for males and females be constructed.

Special joint drive by Chandigarh Police, Education department, Sports department and social security department to identify high risk children followed by formation of small groups for grooming via Yoga, Dhyaan (meditation), sports, Personality development classes and extra coaching classes.

The delegation led by Vineet Joshi, Saurabh Joshi both Chairman and President of Joshi foundation comprised of Ranjan Sethi, Vice President Chandigarh Olympic Association; PS Lamba, Secretary Netball Sports Promotion Association; Deepak, Secretary Kayaking & Canoeing Association of Chandigarh; Dr. Rajinder Mann, Secretary Chandigarh Boxing Association; Harish Kakkar, Secretary, Chandigarh Table Tennis Association; Surinder Mahajan, Secretary Chandigarh Badminton Assocaition; Ramesh Handa, Secretary, Master Athletic Assoiation; Harbushan Gulati, Secretary Chandigarh Kho kho Association;, Naresh, Chandigarh Table-Tennis Association; Ashwini Kumar, secretary Chandigarh Karate Association; Vipnesh Bhardwaj, Secretary Chandigarh Chess Association; Rajinder Sharma, Gymnastic International Umpire; Raman Accharya, Secretary Yoga Association; Birbal Wadhera, Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association; Umesh kumar, Chandigarh Wushu Association; Krishan Lal, Judo; Vikram Singh, Chandigarh Archery Association; Arjun Chandel, Riffle Shooting; Ramesh Singh Rawat, Chandigarh Rowing Association; Jayant Attrey, treasurer Chandigarh Rubgy football Association; Vipan, Jt. Secy. Chandigarh Rugby Football Association; Sunil Kumar, Chandigarh Handball Association; Hardeep Singh Malhi, International Body Builder; Oscar Bansal, International Badminton Player; Aryanpal Singh, International Roller Skating; Nidhi Rehan, Isha Foundation; Mona Sethi, Director/Principal The British School; SC Gupta, Vice President Joshi Foundation; Umesh Ghai, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar; Swatanter Awasthi, Gen. Secretary Joshi Foundation; Dr Akshay Anand, Prof. Neuroscience Research Lab, PGI, Chandigarh.

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