PIB News Update: Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Rattan Lal Kataria has informed that This Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is implementing a National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) over a time period of 2018-2025. The Plan aims at reduction of adverse consequences of drug abuse through a multi-pronged strategy involving education, de-addiction and rehabilitation of affected individuals and their families. The activities under the NAPDDR, inter-alia, include awareness generation programmes in schools/colleges/Universities, workshops/ seminars/ with parents, community based peer led intervention programmes for vulnerable adolescent and youth in the community.
The Ministry has also initiated focused intervention programmes in vulnerable districts across the country with an aim to increase community participation and public cooperation in the reduction of demand for dependence-producing substances and promote collective initiatives and self-help endeavour among individuals and groups vulnerable to addiction or found at risk.
In addition, the Ministry has also embarked on Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan in 272 vulnerable districts encompassing 32 States which was asked to be launched by the States on 15th August 2020, with the aim to generate awareness among the youth about ill effects of the substance use and to train responsible young population to increase community participation and public cooperation in reduction of demand for dependence-producing substances and promote collective initiatives to prevent the usage of drugs