Dr. Avnish Jolly, 10th December, 2008 :Government of India (GOI)is proposing to formulate a comprehensive national policy on issues related to prevention of alcoholism and drug abuse.
Addressing the 1st meeting of the National Consultative Committee on Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation here on Wednesday, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar announced that soon a sub-committee would be made to make the first draft proposal of the national policy.
The sub-committee will be given two months to submit its report, which will also include suggestions given by all the participants from different states. In fact, such sub-committees will be made in different states to provide region specific output.
This policy would cover a wide range of issues such as prevention, treatment and rehabilitation aspects as well as institutional mechanisms and convergence of programmes in order to address the problem.
"The government has been making concerted efforts at all levels to tackle illicit production, trafficking and distribution of drugs," the Minister said.
A comprehensive, balanced and co-ordinated approach, encompassing supply control and demand reduction has been adopted, Kumar added.