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Home minister inaugurates anti-drug campaign

  • Published at 02:16 pm May 15th, 2019
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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal at the inauguration ceremony of anti drug campaign held at Department of Narcotic Control Headquarters in Shegunbagicha, Dhaka on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The newly-launched campaign will feature the use of kiosk

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has inaugurated Department of Narcotic Control's (DNC) anti-drug campaign.

He launched the campaign at an event held at DNC Headquarters in Shegunbagicha, Dhaka on Wednesday.

The newly-launched campaign will feature the use of kiosk-- a small, free-standing LED display device-- that shows information or provides a service.

Kiosks will be first installed in populated areas of six major cities, including Dhaka. Gradually it will be installed in more cities across Bangladesh. 

DNC will use it to promote and display anti-drug campaigns through television commercials, short films, and dramas. 

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said: “These kiosks will help advance a digital campaign warning against drug abuse. It will run 24 hours a day, every day.”

He said this device will be installed in schools, colleges and populated areas of cities.

Md Shahiduzzaman, acting secretary of the security service division of home ministry, and Director General of DNC Jamal Uddin Ahmed, among others, were present at the event.

The home minister said: “Bangladesh’s workforce is very young. Around 65% of our workforce consists of young people.”

He said if these young people abuse drugs then it will create hindrance to economic development of our country.

“We have zero tolerance against drug abuse. Law has been reformed and vigilance has been increased in border areas to stop the smuggling of drugs,” he added.

He also said teachers, as well as imams, should warn people against the harmful effects of drug abuse.