Manipur government publishes draft drug policy, invites feedback from all sections

The policy envisages making Manipur free from substance use disorders by adopting a multi-pronged strategy that includes drug demand reduction, drug supply reduction and harm reduction.

The Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur has stated that it has published a draft, “Manipur State Policy on Substance Use, 2019” in the official gazette No 98 date July 8 for information of all persons likely to be affected by the proposed policy.

The said policy has been drafted by a drafting committee constituted by the Social Welfare Department, consisting of different stakeholders viz: civil organisation, student organisation, law enforcement agencies, NGOs and line departments with due deliberation and discussion, said a release issued by director, Social Welfare Ngangom Uttam Singh.

The draft policy will be available on the state government website http://manipur.gov.in and the department’s official website http://socialwelfaremanipur.nic.in (besides the official gazette mentioned above as published by the department of Printing and Stationary, government of Manipur), it said.  

All are requested to go through the draft policy and furnish suggestions and objections, if any, to the Principal Secretary (Social Welfare), government of Manipur on or before August 8, the release said.

The policy envisages making Manipur free from substance use disorders by adopting a multi-pronged strategy that includes drug demand reduction, drug supply reduction and harm reduction, it said.

The release further said, the implementation will also require a multi-sect oral approach in which various stakeholders and line departments such as Health, Education, Agriculture, Forest, Horticulture and Law Enforcement Agencies etc will jointly combat the drug menace in the state.

Once the policy is finalised, the departments concerned can develop and implement various schemes and programmes under the broad framework of the proposed Manipur State Policy on Substance Use, 2019, it stated.

Further, the policy can be fully implemented with the active cooperation and participation of civil organisations, student organisations and the general public as a whole, it added. 

First Published: July 9, 2020, 9:38 p.m.