The course has been developed by the Department of Social Justice, Empowerment and Tribal Affairs (SJETA) in collaboration with New Delhi based National Institute of Social Defence, under the National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
The online certificate course would be coordinated by the Arunachal Pradesh Psychoactive Substance Control Authority (APPSCA).
Launching the course Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that to begin with all Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ employees of the state government would have to mandatory undergo the course.
The objective is to make these groups of employees ambassadors of creating change in society by being aware and equipped on drug abuse prevention and management.
“Most of us only hear about drug abuse and its effect on life of the people. We hardly have seen the effects as families facing the menace suffer in isolation,” he said.
Khandu, accompanied by SJETA Minister Alo Libang, said only after watching the Arunachalee movie “I killed my son” recently, he realised the fatality of drug abuse on families and persons in the vicious grip.
“It broke my heart to realize how dangerous the menace is and how families suffer in silence,” he said.
The Chief Minister appealed to all to voluntarily undergo the online course and join the fight against drug abuse as the government alone cannot win the battle no matter how hard it tries.
On Khandu’s initiative, the Arunachal Pradesh Psychoactive Substances Policy 2021 has already been adopted by the state government to eradicate the menace from the society.
The Chief Minister said the state government has sanctioned funds to establish six rehabilitation centres across the state and directed the concerned agencies to immediately start the work.
He suggested that these centres should be fully equipped for the purpose and also have provisions for vocational and skill development training for the inmates.
As these centres will take some time to become functional, Khandu suggested that meanwhile, reputed NGOs working on drug abuse and rehabilitation outside the state may be roped in through an MoU so that addicts can be immediately sent for treatment. He asked the chief secretary to work on it urgently.
“There are many addicts who are from poor family, and many have been disowned by family members. These groups of addicts ought to be identified first and immediately sent for rehabilitation,” he said.
A certificate will be awarded to those successfully completing the course.
Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar and other senior officials were also present in the online certificate course launching ceremony.
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