KUPWARA, MAY 4: District administration Kupwara has roped in different religious leaders, ulemas of Masjids, and other religious institutions of Kupwara district to spread awareness at grass root level about the negative impact of drug abuse in the society. On the directions of Deputy Commisioner (DC) Kupwara, Dr. Doifode Sagar Dattatray a Conference of Ulemas, Imams (religious leaders) was held today at conference Hall of DC Office complex Kupwara. Well attended Conference was chaired by Additional Deputy Commisioner (ADC) Kupwara, Gh. Nabi Bhat. While addressing the conference ADC Kupwara appealed to religious leaders, ulemas , and Imams to use their voluntary services for spreading awareness about drug abuse and its consequences in society. ADC appealed Molvis to aware people to eradicate the drug menace and deliver the sermons particularly on Fridays, and after every prayer so that awareness about negative effects of drug abuse, and drug trafficking menace is generated and spread at the ground level and Drug Addict Patients are properly identified, treated and rehabilitated. ADC Kupwara said that District Adminstration is focusing on multi-pronged strategy to combat menace of drug abuse in Kupwara district. Police has launched a massive crackdown on drug peddlers, drug traffickers to break the supply chain of drugs, and District adminstration is counciling, treating, and Rehabilitating the drug abuse victims. Irfan Bahadur , Assistant Commisioner Revenue(ACR)Kupwara on the ocasion said that religious leaders can play pivotal role in in sensitizing the people about disastrous effects of substance abuse. Drug-Free-Kupwara is a challenge in which every individual has to play his or her vital role. The District Administration also encourages religious and social leaders to work in this direction. Raising concerns on alarming situation in substance abuse, ACR Kupwara said that Kashmir Valley is slowly becoming India’s drug hub. A recent study has revealed that J&K is currently at the number two position among the top drug abuser states in the country. Several Ulemas and Imams also expressed their concern over the rising drug abuse and it’s consequences. They reaffirmed that they will play their role in disseminating awareness to people about negative impacts from the podiums of Masjids and other religious places, So that youth are safeguarded from dangerous exposure to different kind of drug abuse. While welcoming the District Adminstration’s efforts to invite them for this noble cause different Religious Leaders said that they are ready to help the District Adminstration to eradicate this menace and make the Kupwara drug-addiction and drug trafficking free. Participants shared their healthy feed back for eradicating the drug menace from the society. Conference was attended by CMO Kupwara, other officers of Adminstration, a large number of Imams of Masjids, Ulemas from different Darul-Ulooms and other religious institutions of the district.