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Uttarakhand CM Accepts Sanjay Dutt's Offer To Be Brand Ambassador For Anti-Drug Campaign

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| September 2 , 2018 , 15:26 IST

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt's battle with drugs is well known, and became more public knowledge with the release of his biopic 'Sanju' where Ranbir Kapoor depicted his drug struggle in detail.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday said that Sanjay Dutt had offered to be the brand ambassador for the anti-drug campaigns planned for 5 states and 2 union territories and that the offer has been accepted.

“Dutt said that he had himself suffered due to the drug addiction during the initial stage of his acting career. He was more than happy to offer his support to the anti-drug campaign. The actor claimed that he was willing to make his contribution by being a part of the campaign and become its ambassador,” the CM Rawat said.

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In an interview in January 2017, Sanjay Dutt described his experience with drugs and said, "Substance abuse is something that you do if you want to do it. Once you get into it, it's very difficult to leave. It is the worst thing in the world. My journey with substance abuse has been about 12 years. There are no drugs in the world that I have not done. When my father took me to America (for rehab), they gave me a list (of drugs) and I ticked every drug on it, because I had taken all of them."

"I want to tell youngsters, live your life, love your work, love your family, it is better than cocaine," he had said.

The 5 states and 2 union territories, namely Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and union territories of Chandigarh and Delhi are gearing up to launch anti-drug campaigns, and recently met to chalk out a joint strategy to fight the menace.

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During the regional conference between Rawat and his counterparts to work out a strategy, the states planned to launch a large scale awareness campaign about the ill-effects of drugs and how to keep children away from them.  

In a meeting held on August 20 between Uttarakhand CM Rawat, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and representatives of Rajasthan and Delhi, it was decided to set up a centralized secretariat at Panchkula. Nodal officers of each state would be posted there for sharing information and planning strategy while the CMs would meet every 6 months to review the progress of the campaign.