Actor Sanjay Dutt likely to be named brand ambassador for Centre’s anti-drug campaign

Actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been vocal about his battle with drug addiction, had recently supported Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s anti-drug campaign. Now, reports have surfaced saying that Sanjay Dutt is likely to be named as Centre’s face for anti-drug drive.

Officials aware of the development told the Hindustan Times, that Dutt is likely to be named as brand ambassador for the Union government’s anti-drug campaign. A Union social justice and empowerment ministry official told the Hindustan Times, “Dutt is an icon, who has spoken about his experience with drug abuse. We felt he will be able to effectively take the message to the younger people on why they should steer clear of any substance abuse.”

On Sunday, Sanjay Dutt took to social media to announce his support to spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's #DrugFreeIndia campaign. "I always wanted to do something to uproot drug addiction from India. The #DrugFreeIndia campaign is a step towards that! Because of my personal experiences, it's a cause very close to my heart and I want to help the youth of our country," he wrote.

The Union social justice and empowerment ministry is mandated to oversee the anti-drug policies and programmes. According to Hindustan Times, the ministry has prepared a national action plan for drug demand reduction for 2018-2025 to focus on preventive education, awareness generation, counselling and treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts.

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