MHRC’s surprise inspection found rehab centres without valid authorization

MHRC’s surprise inspection found rehab centres without valid authorization

TMB Report

IMPHAL: In its second day surprise inspection visit of the drug-rehabilitation centres in the state, a team of Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) led by its Acting Chairperson Khaidem Mani found rehabilitation centres not following guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

In a press release of MHRC it is said that the commission team comprising of acting chairperson along with five of his officials made a surprise visit at the Salvation De-Addiction Centre located at Konchak Mayang Imphal, Foundation House Rehabilitation Centre at Wangoi and Revenant Rehabilitation Centre at Shamurou, all under Imphal west district on March 5, 2020. The visit was carried out with the primary objective of enquiring into the functioning and structure of the rehab centres across the state following complaints against certain organizations running rehab centres.

During the visit at the privately run Salvation De-Addiction Centre, the team found the centre running since December 24, 2019 without registration certificate, though they claimed that the process for acquiring the registration in underway, which is totally against all existing norms. In addition, it also came to the knowledge of the visiting team that the centre has been running under a non-existing registration number 1201 of 1973, added in a press release of MHRC.

While enquiring on the infrastructure of the centre, the secretary of the centre Th. Priyobratta said that there were altogether 55 inmates in 5 rooms without any regular doctor nurse. The centre was also found not following the basic guidelines set by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

The press released further said that on physical examination of the rooms where the inmates were made to stay, despite initial reluctance from the secretary of the centre from inspecting the rooms, it was also found out that the rooms had foul smell and congested. All the inmates were made to sleep on the floor with some blankets and bed sheets underneath. Though all the inmates said that they were brought to the rehabilitation centre on their own or with the help of their parents, a few of the inmates informed that most of them has been picked up and forcefully detained and made to stay against their wishes.

The MHRC team in its visit to the Foundation Rehab centre found that there were no doctors and also no set of guidelines for running the centre. The centre was also found to be lacking of detoxification room which is mandatory for all centres under the ministry guidelines. On visiting the Revenant Rehabilitation Centre at Shamurou, it was found that the centre was entertaining altogether 73 inmates along with around 20 after case clients. All the clients were found staying in rooms where there was no ventilation and as such the rooms were dark and congested. All the rehabilitation centres were found charging Rs 6500 as admission fee.

The visiting MHRC team noted all the issues and problems being faced in the rehab centres and advise them to equip the centres with all basic amenities required and also to follow the ministry guidelines. The acting chairperson Khaidem Mani while interacting with the inmates advised them to refrain from drug use hereafter and do good for the society at large, said in a press release of MHRC.

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