Thiruvananthapuram, 5 March, Sreeparvathy K.: Yuvajana Commission has found out that the T-shirts printed with the picture of the famous Jamaican singer Bob Marley are widely used among youth to popularise the ganja and drug abuse.
Such T- shirts, bags and stickers picturing the leaf of ganja plant, the emblem of Reuge music brand, wrist bands and rosaries of red, green and yellow colors are also used for popularizing the use of drugs, says the report submitted to the government. The commission is also demanding these materials to be banned.
The commission demanded that shops selling such things and tattoo making shops should be closed down as per Young Persons Harmful Publications Act of 1956. The report states that there is a fearful trend of gangs being formed following the lifestyle and drug abuse of Bob Marley.
The commission chairman RV Rajesh has asked for urgent measures to prevent the drug abuse in youth. “Government should take action to control the selling and the use of drug substance near schools.
For this, the anti drug clubs should be formed in colleges and the service of student police should also be obtained,” he added.
According to the report, the anti- drug abuse boards should be placed in educational institutions with the name and contact numbers of Police and Excise officers. 24 hr working toll free number facility should be formed. The functioning of anti narcotic cell should also be improved.
The commission demanded for the formation of district level vigil selection committees by the unified actions of police, excise, education, health, panchayats, youth and service organisations for creating awareness and prevention of drug abuse.
The Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala had called for an inter- departmental meeting to discuss the matter.