De-addiction centre opens in Patiala to tackle Punjab’s drug abuse problem

In a bid to fight against the rise in drug addiction among youth in Punjab, Delhi-based Sun Foundation, in collaboration with the Red Cross Society, Punjab, is set to start a 200-bedded de-addiction centre in Patiala.

The foundation will also open centres for care of disabled children in Bathinda and Faridkot.

Apart from this, Surya Kiran Centres imparting free vocational training in various disciplines to women are to be opened in every district of the State. The first centre will be inaugurated soon at Qadian in Gurdaspur district catering to around 250 girls and women.

Speaking about the initiatives, Vikramjit Singh Sahney, chairman of Sun Foundation, said that plans are afoot to set up of 50 Surya Kiran Centres in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan to empower 5,000 rural women annually with technical skills.

It has also joined hands with the Army Wives Welfare Association to open vocational training centres in Pune and Mohali.