The Minister informed the Members about the steps taken by the Ministry regarding the prevention of alcoholism and substance (Drugs) Abuse and Welfare of De-Notified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes. He said that the Department of SJ&E is the Nodal Ministry for drug demand reduction and has adopted a three pronged strategy towards addressing the issue which is awareness building and educating people community based intervention for motivational counseling and training of volunteers/service providers to built a committed as skilled cadre for achieving whole person recovering.
The Minister further informed that a Working group has been constituted by National Statistical Commission (NSC) under the Ministry of Statistics & Prog. Implementation to devise the modalities of advance Pilot survey. As the problem of drug abuse is reported to be high in the State of Punjab and Manipur, the Department has initiated a survey work in these two States. RRTC in Punjab under the aegis of Department has been assigned to conduct survey in collaboration with NDDTC, AIIMS. The Survey is expected to be completed by June, 2015. The Minister added steps have also been taken for prevention of Alcoholism and drug abuse by formulation of the First National Policy for Drug Demand Reduction which is under finalization; Awareness generation programmes through Voluntary Organization, Regional Resource Training Centres, NYKS, NSS and NCC and setting up of a prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Helpline.
The Minister also informed that the Government has set up National Commission for DNTs (Denotified Nomadic Tribes) which will work for framing of an appropriate scheme for pre and post metric scholarships and construction of hostels for such DNT students not included in the SCs/STs/OBCs, the commission will also prepare a State-wise list of castes belonging to DNTs besides identifying the castes belonging to DNTs in the list of SCs, STs and OBCs.
Retracting the Government’s commitment for the welfare of DNTs the Minister said that his Ministry would also release financial assistance to the State/UTs/Universities which would cater to the requirements of the students belonging to DNTs.
Members of Parliament present in the meeting were: Shri Harish Chandra Meena, Shri K.H. Muniappa, Dr. Mamtaz Sanghamita, Shri Vinod Chavda, Shri Virender Kashyap, Shri Ahamed Hassan, Shri Ramdas Athawale.