Shillong, Sep 21: Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr. Virendra Kumar on Tuesday during his visit to Shillong spoke about the menace of substance abuse.
The Union Minister was very categorical when he said that drug addiction affects not only a person or family, but the entire society.
While expressing his deep concern, Dr. Kumar pointed out that it is a big challenge for the northeastern states who are sharing boundaries with other countries, as these routes are frequently issued by drug peddlers for transit of drugs.
While expressing satisfaction that the states government are making all-out efforts to curb the menace, he called upon the states governments to work more vigorously so that the youth who are affected by this menace can be linked with the NGOs and the schemes of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
“It is the duty of everyone to educate the people about the ill effects of drug abuse and to assist the rehabilitation of victims of substance abuse, the Union Minister added.
Dr. Kumar reaffirmed the commitment of the government to achieve social goals to end drug abuse and strengthen community-centric approaches and outcomes.
He said that the dream of the Prime Minister of India for a NashaMukt Bharat will be successful only when officials in the government, NGOs and community at large work together to end the menace from its roots.