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Nagaland DGP stresses on synchronized effort to combat substance abuse

DGP of Nagaland Police Rupin Sharma

DIMAPUR, OCTROBER 5: Director General of Nagaland Police, Rupin Sharma, has stressed on the importance of synchronized efforts and information sharing among Civil Societies, NGOs, Government agencies and the State Police in combating substance abuse in Nagaland.
He made these remarks while addressing the State Level Seminar on Substance Abuse in Nagaland and its Impact on Women as the Special Guest at the Capital Convention Center, Kohima.
The DGP called for collaboration and information sharing among Civil Societies, NGOs, Government agencies and the State Police to effectively address the issue of substance abuse.
He urged Civil Societies and NGOs to report information about drug financing, peddling, sales, or consumption to the Police so that appropriate action can be taken against offenders. However, he cautioned against taking the law into their own hands, emphasizing that it was illegal and not within their authorized jurisdiction.
He emphasized on the importance of conducting awareness campaigns against substance abuse in educational institutions and ensuring that young people are aware of the consequences on both personal lives and society.
Sharma noted the limited capacity of rehabilitation centres in the State and requested the National Women Commission (NCW), Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW), and the Social Welfare Department to address this issue and make rehab centres more cost-effective.
A Asholi Chalai, Joint Secretary, NCW, highlighted the severity of the substance abuse problem in Nagaland and its impact on society, particularly women.
He stressed on the need for awareness campaigns in schools and colleges, community empowerment, access to treatment, rehabilitation facilities, mental support, economic empowerment and early intervention to combat substance abuse effectively.
The keynote address was delivered by Chairperson of NSCW, W Nginyeih Konyak. Deputy Director of Social Welfare, Imkongzenla, provided insight into the Department’s role in combating substance abuse.
The seminar was chaired by NSCW Member Kekhrienuo Meyase and the invocation was proposed by Pastor Bendangtemsu Jamir of New Capital Baptist Church Phezoucha, Kohima.
The one-day seminar was organized by the Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) with support from the National Women Commission (NCW).
(Page News Service)

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