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Haryana to launch anti-drug campaign

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Haryana, has decided to launch a special campaign to control the menace of drugs, especially in the districts bordering Punjab.

It would be included in the flagship programmes of the department, the minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Krishan Kumar Bedi said at a Press conference.

He said the campaign would include prevention of sale of drugs, treatment of the drug addicts, and making people aware about the adverse effects of drugs on their health. Task Force has already been formed at the district level under the chairmanship of the deputy commissioner concerned.

A committee has also been constituted at the state level under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister (CM), in which representatives from health, home, social justice and empowerment and other departments have been included.

Bedi said 60 drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centers were operating in the state in collaboration with non-government organizations (NGOs). Besides, such centers are operating in district hospitals also.

NGOs working for drug de-addiction would be identified and honored at a state level function where the CM or a union minister would be the chief guest.

The department has invited applications from such institutions by August 14 and they would be honored in September or October.

Bedi said such voluntary institutions were given grant by the department. During 2017-18, an amount of Rs 217.17 lakh was distributed to 22 voluntary organisations. In the current financial year, provision has been made for Rs 230.11 lakh for such organisations.

Voluntary organisations would be honored in 9 different categories for the campaign against drug addiction. And in each category, three institutions would be honored in all 27 organisations would be honored by the state government, the minister added.