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Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
15-December-2011 15:34 IST
Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (DRUG) ABUSE
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is implementing a "Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse" under which financial assistance is provided, inter-alia, to Non-Governmental Organization, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Urban Local Bodies, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan for running Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCAs) to provide composite/integrated services for the rehabilitation of the addicts, including youth. The Ministry in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) has started, an awareness generation programme in the State of Punjab and Manipur covering 3000 villages of 10 Districts in the State of Punjab and 750 villages of 7 Districts in the State of Manipur. Awareness among the rural masses will be generated through door to door campaign, wall writing, candle march, poster campaign, street plan etc. De-addiction camps will also be organized for the identified addicts. Similarly, Ministry Social Justice & Empowerment in collaboration with National Bal Bhawan has started an awareness generation programme among children in the age group of 12-16 years through a series of activities like poster making, creative writing, lecture, rally, nukkad natak etc at local, zonal and national level during the current year.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri D. Napoleon in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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