CCPUR: Samaria IRCA (Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts) under the aegis of Social Care Ministry and sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, on Tuesday observed International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Ngahthal, Churachandpur.
programme was attended by Lawrence Kapkhenmang, Addl.SP (Ops) CCP and N. Binod District, Social Welfare Officer, CCP besides Social Care Ministry board members, Ngathal VA and YMA Ngathal Unit.
The Addl. SP (Ops) in his speech mentioned that the district being close to the Golden Triangle, there is a need for an inclusive and integrated approach to find a solution to the menace of drugs in our society. Like Covid-19, we need to constantly raise awareness and sensitize the public about drug abuse by observing the same protocol i.e. social distancing from drugs, sanitizing oneself of the deadly effects of drugs to the society and also maintaining personal and family safety from it. It is a reality and we cannot wish it away. We need to raise more awareness in schools and colleges since our students are exposed to drugs from an early age. Drug abuse is a social issue and we need the coordinated efforts of the Government, CSOs, NGOs, village authorities, educational institutions and the church to arrest this menace. The CCP Police too had taken an awareness rally on June 26 in this regard and has come up with various posters in previous year which were put up in various places around the town, he stated.
N Binod mentioned that at present there are four IRCA in Churachandpur district sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Government of India – They are Samaria, Ngahthal; New Life Ministry, Torbung Bungalow; Lam Etna Mun, Bungmual; Mangal, Torbung bazar (for women)
All are 15 bedded faciities. There are plans to increase the intake by at least 30 each in coming years. He also mentioned that Samaria IRCA has been awarded ‘Jewel of India’ award by the Government of India.
The Secretary of the Social Care Ministry, Upa S.Vanlalruala in his key note address traced the formation of the centre 30 years ago with the formation of Social Care Ministry by the Tuithaphai Presbytery with the motto ‘Rescue the Perishing, Care for The Dying’.
The Project Co-ordinator Lalbiaktluanga thanked the government for the support and assistance as well as the Ngathal Village Authority and YMA Ngathal Unit for donating rice to the centre as well as using MNREGA work for repairing the approach road of the centre.
On the occasion nurse Lalmalchuani was awarded Best Employee of the Year by the board.
Presently, there are seven inmates as majority has been sent back due to Covid-19 pandemic.