The Karnataka State Temperance Board is organising a two-day, district-level roundtable here from January 6, involving more than 130 seers from various maths, to campaign against alcohol and drug abuse.

Chairman of the board Sachidananda Hegde said here on Monday that the heads of various maths were involved in the programme as they could convince citizens on the ill-effects of alcohol and drugs. Media, too, could play a vital role in creating awareness, he said.

Mr. Hegde said the board was collaborating with the State government to come up with separate studies on crimes, atrocities against women, diseases and broken families because of alcoholism. The board was also collaborating with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, and the Police Department in this regard. It had been organising de-addiction camps in schools and colleges in the State by roping in services of experts. A State-level roundtable, involving more than 60 seers, was held in Bangalore in January last year, Mr. Hegde stated. Another roundtable of the vice-chancellors of 16 universities was held to spread awareness in the campuses in the colleges. Besides, programmes in the All India Radio and Doordarshan, had helped its objective. Cricketers and film personalities too had taken part in its campaigns in the past, Mr. Hegde said.

President of the Mysore Hoteliers Association M. Rajendra spoke about the sociological effects of addiction.

Sri Muktidananda, president of Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, Mysore, would inaugurate the event. Shivaratri Deshikendra Swami of Suttur Math, district in-charge Minister S.A. Ramdas and several other seers would be present. Four separate sessions are slated for the two days. The board identified prominent persons who had carried out a sustained campaign against alcoholism by presenting annual awards. Sri Veerendra Heggade of Sri Kshetra Dharmastala and Sri Mahanta Swami of Ilkal were the previous award-winners. This year’s winners would be announced soon.

The board proposed to hold such roundtables in all districts. The next one would be held in Belgaum on January 26 and 27.

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