In a bid to combat the drug menace in the state, as depicted in the Bollywood film Udta Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh’s government has launched the country’s biggest addiction prevention programme.

To control the drug menace right from the grassroots level, the state government has decided to introduce a “buddy group” programme. Under the programme, groups of students will be formed in all educational institutes, which will further spread awareness on drug abuse. These students will work under the supervision of a teacher, who will be called senior buddy.

The idea is to reach out to the youngest level possible and inculcate a spirit of healthy living,” said additional director general of police Harpreet Singh Sidhu, who heads the special task force on drug prevention.