Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 26:
On the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, awareness against the use of drugs and addiction featured at the 24th Raahgiri Day in Odisha capital today spreading awareness across the Raahgiri stretch with several social service organisations associated with the day.
Students of Doon International School, Bhubaneswar took out a rally to create awareness on the perils of drug use.
BMC Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, during the inauguration, said that the city will always be against the use of drugs and the civic administration will be in constant vigil against any kind of its violation. Social service organisations also tried to spread the message through rallies at the Raahgiri venue.
City-based organisation People’s Cultural Centre also organised programmes against drug use and also to stop violence against women and girls in the society as 25th of every month is celebrated as Orange Day by the United Nations.
As a central theme in today’s Raahgiri, Odisha Tourism projected the various heritage sites to attract the people to Raahgiri to have interest in visiting the nearby monuments of historical importance so that the future generation will take more interest in their promotion as tourist destination and also to conserve them for the world to take note.
Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda also added that the beautification of the heritage sites in the Old Town area is in the focus of the state government and more green spaces will be created soon to boost tourism. He also added that more connectivity will be created so that tourists will have to spend less time to travel sites in the city and around it.
While Jai Odisha continued its work to provide cycling experience for the participants of the Raahgiri event, Aama Kalakar Parivaar (AKP), Suraj Rana, Bhabani, Rahul, Dev Dance Group at Stage I and Saroj and group, Dev dance group, Nalco Group, Dance XSC, Debasish Jena and AKP tried to entertain the audience near Stage II.