Acting Chief Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai lays foundation stone for Rehab Centre for Substance Abuse with Livelihood School at Kitchu Dumra

Namchi, 07 July (IPR): Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim and Executive Chairperson Sikkim State Legal Services Authority, Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, laid the foundation stone of De-Addiction cum Rehabilitation Centre for Substance Abuse with Livelihood School at Kitchu Dumra today. Organized by Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare Department, the programme had the attendance of Area MLA cum SLA Speaker, KN Rai, along with Minister of SJE&WD, Tulsi Devi Rai, as guest of honour accompanied by dignitaries along with a large number of students, representatives from various NGOs and local gentry.

Addressing the gathering, Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai spoke in detail about the aim and objective of this centre which is to assist the substance abuse victims to transform their life through the various treatment programme available at this centre thereby equipping these victims to reclaim their lives in obtaining better health and a productive future. She also highlighted about ‘legal services to the victims of drug abuse and eradication of drug menace scheme, 2015’ which is under the action plan of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and urged the attendees to understand the particulars, as this scheme ensures to disseminate awareness to the general masses regarding the substantial legal provisions, various programmes and schemes of the government and to secure essential legal services to the victims of drug trafficking and drug abuse.

Additionally, she elaborated that a range of effective treatment is available for victims of substance abuse and informed that it is imperative that the victims are motivated to seek help for their addiction related problems and aid them in their recovery and after care. She also brought to light that authorities should not criminalize substance abuse victims and that they should focus on recovery of these victims.

Speaking during the occasion, Speaker Mr. KN Rai explained in brief the importance of the centre and updated that these kinds of centres are responsible in creating necessary awareness of drug abuse in our society along with providing substantial treatment and imparting a variety of skill development training for the victims to be economically productive. He also brought to light the Sikkim Anti Drugs Act which has been formulated by the State Government to combat substance abuse in the State and advocated that the general public need to be informed about this Act.

Similarly, Minister Ms. Tulsi Devi Rai articulated about the centre and assured that the concerned department will facilitate necessary support in order to run the centre smoothly. She expressed her concerned on the substance abuse victims in the State and implored on the various provisions available for the aid and rehabilitation of these victims. She also informed that the department is in the process to retrieve data on the total number of drug abuse victims existing in the State.

It may be mentioned here, the proposed area for the centre is 4198.23 sq. ft. and will include boys and girls rehabilitation hostel, livelihood school, staff quarter for male and female, boundary fencing, approach road and a walkway. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 9,40,62,000 and will be completed in 18 months time.

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