Imphal: Imphal East District Administration and District Social Welfare, Imphal East jointly conducted an awareness programme on the theme “Prevention of Substance and Drug Abuse” at Luwangsangbam Makha Leikai Community Hall on Tuesday.
Addressing the gathering as Chief Guest, Imphal East Adhyaksha Pungsumbam Bimola Devi called upon the people to take a collective pledge for the prevention of substance and drug abuse in the district.
She urged parents in the State to make their children stay aloof from psychoactive drugs by taking proper care and contributing towards the ‘war on drugs’ campaign launched by Chief Minister N Biren with the aim to wipe out drugs from the soil of the State.
She noted that prevention of substance and drug abuse will lead to reduction of crimes in the society and in order to achieve the goal, concerted efforts from the masses is required.
She made an observation that drug prevention programmes should focus on promoting protective factors like characteristics of the teenage environment which can support development of the society and proper parental care.
She added that drug abuse will be free only when people have self-control and discipline towards their activities that can create negative effects on the society. P. Bimola mentioned the strive by our Chief Minister on the War on Drug and appealed all the members present to co-operate the State’s effort to eliminate use of drugs. She further appealed to start from self from our own family as the time has come, we act. Diana highlighted that Imphal East district stay silent as there are pockets in Imphal East which are amongst the vulnerable pockets.
Attending the programme, Nodal Officer of Narcotics Drugs Cell, Imphal East Ravikumar Kshetrimayum said that once upon a time the State of Manipur was considered as a safe haven for drug peddlers but with the launch of war on drugs campaign, the State has witnessed significant changes when it comes to drug business and substance abuse.
He expressed grave concern on the rising number of teenagers including girls getting addicted to drugs and the alarming rate of crimes related to drug abuse which needs to be dealt with strong measures.
He also observed that teenagers are taking advantage of modern gadgets to communicate with drug users and procure psychoactive drugs easily.
Ravikumar said that police and the government need support from civil society organizations and local clubs in the fight against the threat posed by drugs in the society.
He appealed to the public to join hands and cooperate with each other to prevent drug abuse and report any incidents related to drug abuse to the nearest police station. Ravi Kumar highlighted the steps being taken up by the Police Administration and the need to make aware of the NDPS Act.
Ngangom Uttam, Ksh Jibanmala, Project Director, Kripa Foundation and Kshetrimayum Ravikumar were the resource persons of the day’s function. Uttam emphasized on the need for a strong and friendly relationship between parents and children to prevent drug abuse. Jibanmala spoke about the behavioral change which took place on the children who are using drugs and the need to know the minute change of behavior by their children.
The programme concluded with a pledge to eliminate the use of psychoactive substances from Heingang AC from today itself.
Deputy Commissioner of Imphal East Khumanthem Diana Devi; ADM of Imphal East Shamim Ahmad Shah; Director of Social Welfare Ngangom Uttam Singh; Personal Secretary of CM Salam Rajen Singh and Pradhan of Luwangsangbam Gram Panchayat Sanjenbam Angou Singh also attended the awareness programme.