Press release from Social Justice and Welfare Department

Gangtok, November 4: The meeting of the State level Nasha Mukt Bharat Campaign Committee comprising of various line departments, relevant NGOs was conducted at the chamber of the Secretary, Social Justice, and Welfare Department, today. The representatives from respective District Collectors were also present with a view to sensitize them on activities of District level Nasha Mukt Bharat campaign.

Ms. Saptadipa Mallick, State Coordinator for Nasha Mukt Bharat Campaign appointed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India was present in the meeting. The meeting started by giving a brief outline by Nodal Officer, Shri Abinash Rai, Joint Secretary, Social Welfare Division on the Nasha Mukt Bharat.

The Nasha Mukt Bharat Campaign is a three-pronged attack combining the supply curb by Narcotic Bureau, Outreach and Awareness and Demand Reduction effort by Social Justice and Empowerment and treatment through the Health Department. The National Action plan was launched on 26th June 2020 i.e on. the International day against Drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The campaign was launched at the National level w.e.f. 14th Aug 2020 which is to end on 31st March 2021. The Nasha Mukt Bharat Campaign Action plan 2020-2021 shall be implemented in all 272 districts identified as vulnerable in terms of substance and alcohol abuse. All four districts of Sikkim have been included by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India for the campaign. The campaign was launched in Sikkim by Honble Chief Minister on 15th August 2020.

The State Coordinator explained in detail about the Nasha Mukt Bharat campaign, the role of the state and the district committee, action plan, provision of treatment facilities (IRCAs, CPLI, ODIC) under the Ministry, GOI, the role of Master volunteers and interns in the district, provision of fund and opening of bank account related.

The Secretary, SJ&WD directed the representatives from districts to prepare a District action plan and initiate the action immediately. He also recommended using the expertise of the NGOs working in the field of drug abuse, while preparing an action plan. The Secretary has desired that the State Level Committee will be meeting again after the Diwali holidays for the formulation of the State Action plan.

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