IMPHAL: Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen today called for public support to address the issue of drug use especially by the street drug users. This was stated by the Minister during the observation of “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” held under the theme “Better Knowledge for Better Care” at her Office Chamber in New Secretariat.
Smt. Nemcha further emphasized on the need to improve the understanding of the problems associated with drug use.Better understanding will foster greater cooperation for making the State safer from drugs, organized crime and illegal activities. She appealed all to inform the nearest police station or the State Department of Social Welfare through mobile no. 7005018755 if they come across any street based drug users.
Considering the vulnerability during this COVID-19 Pandemic, Social Welfare Minister informed that the department in coordination with Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCAs) is taking up various programmes targeting the street based drug users. The programme will be implemented through the 22 IRCAs by reserving separate seats i.e. 3 seats for 15 bedded and 5 seats for 30 bedded respectively.
To curb the drug menace in the State, Minister SmtNemcha informed that the State Government is presently focusing on the finalisation of the State Drug Policy. The Draft Policy will be made available in the public domain for views and ideas after due approval from the State Cabinet. The Draft Policy has been drafted after several rounds of workshops, consultations, meetings with various NGOs, civil organizations, other line departments and stakeholders.
It may be mentioned that “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” is observed annually on 26th June every year since 1989. The day has been observing by the Department of Social Welfare every year in coordination with NGOs, civil organizations to raise awareness to fight against substance use and as well as the unlawful trade of drugs. Due to the outbreak of the pandemic COVID-19, the day is not widely observed this year.
Director, Social Welfare, Ng. Uttam Singh, Deputy Director, Social Welfare, Smt. Konsam Saroja, officials of the Department and members of NGOs also graced the occasion.