Dharamshala: Shimla based NGO Youth Enlightening Society (YES) would hold programmes in all the schools of the state in which students would be made aware about the ill- effects of drugs. This was disclosed by by Maneesh Garg, Director, Social Justice and Empowerment while presiding over a meeting called to formulate the strategy to check the drug menace today.
He said Government of India has sanctioned a regional resource training centre (RRTC) to be set up at Dharmshala in district Kangra which will help in capacity building of those non governmental organisations who are helping the government in checking the growing drug menace.
Garg said that a proposal to open a drug addiction centre at Shimla would also be sent to Government of India. A proposal to convert the 15 bedded de-addiction centre at Dharmshala to 30 bedded centre will also be sent to the central government so that more such patients could be treated at this centre. He said that the Social Justice and Empowerment department is also running one such centre at Kullu.
He said the education department has been asked to keep vigil on such students who are habitual of absconding from the classes because majority of these students become drug habitual. Concerned school authorities will identify such students and their parents would be informed if they remain absent for longer period. He said that education department will also give directions to all schools to organise parent-teacher meetings on regular basis so that parents could be informed of such behaviour of their wards.
Programmes would be held throughout the state on 26th of June to mark the International Day against drug abuse and illegal trafficking, he added.