Providing all support to admin, police to fight drug menace: GoC Pandey

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Doodhpathri: General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar based 15 Corps, Lieutenant General D P Pandey on Monday said that drugs are venom for society and army is providing every possible help to civil administration and police to fight this social menace.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of tourism festival organised by army at Doodpathri, GOC said that drugs are a menace for the youth and society. “This drug smuggling has been increasing in the entire country along with J&K.”

He said that it is appreciating for the J&K police that due to their constant efforts, a large number of drug smuggling bids have been foiled, which has saved lives of many youth.

He said the Indian Army will always support J&K police in curbing this menace in the society.

Pandey said that the Indian Army has a cordial relation with the people of J&K. “The tourism festival organised by Indian Army is our effort to give the people of Kashmir a chance to exhibit their talents and to boost their confidence.”

He said that this year tourism industry is witnessing a boom after hitting the lowest in the last two years. “Not only the number of outside tourists has increased but also the number of local tourists has thrived this year.”

He said that the army is making every effort to advocate the aim of civil administration to flourish the tourism sector in Kashmir.

“Last year this festival was organised at Yusmarg by the Army. This year the festival is being organised at Doodhpathri to enlighten the beauty of this place and to bring positive changes in the socio-economic status and conditions of the local populace,” said D P Pandey.

He said that to promote the tourism value of this place is the sole purpose behind this festival here. (KNS)

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