Nasha Mukt Bharat: Annual Action Plan (2020-21)

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“Nasha Mukt Bharat: Annual Action Plan (2020-21) for 272 Most Affected Districts’ was e-launched by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment on the occasion of “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”

  • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment observes 26th June every year as “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”. 
  • It is the nodal Ministry for drug demand reduction which coordinates and monitors all aspects of drug abuse prevention which include assessment of the extent of the problem, preventive action, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts, dissemination of information and public awareness.

Details : 

  • Nasha Mukt Bharat Annual Action Plan for 2020-21 would focus on 272 most affected districts and launch a three-pronged attack combining efforts of Narcotics Bureau, Outreach/Awareness by Social Justice and Treatment through the Health Dept. 
  • The Action Plan has the following components : 
    • Awareness generation programmes; 
    • Focus on Higher Educational institutions, 
    • University Campuses and Schools; 
    • Community outreach and identification of dependent population; 
    • Focus on Treatment facilities in Hospital settings; and 
    • Capacity Building Programmes for Service Provider.
  • Based on the finding of the National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India and list of districts which are vulnerable from the supply point of view provided by Narcotics Control Bureau, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment would undertake intervention programmes in vulnerable districts across the country with an aim to: 
    • Reach out to Children and Youth for awareness about ill effect of drug use; 
    • Increase community participation and public cooperation; Supporting Government Hospitals for opening up De- addiction Centers in addition to existing Ministry Supported De-addiction Centers (IRCAs); and  
    • Conducting Training programme for participants.
  • Taking cognizance of the fact that addressing the problem of drug abuse requires concerted action at different levels of the Government, the Ministry has asked the State Governments to plan and take specific initiatives, taking into account their local considerations and devise specific and suitable strategies for drug demand reduction in their identified areas. 
  • The State Governments have also been involved in the monitoring process for programmes under the NAPDDR in order to ensure its effective implementation.
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