International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Observed on 26th June 2012

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The International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was observed here today. Addressing the gathering, Shri Mukul Wasnik,the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment said that in order to create awareness, the Ministry is launching a major awareness campaign by using the mobile sms, print media, electronic media etc. so as to reach maximum people. He further said that the Ministry has initiated several awareness generation drives in collaboration with the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Bal Bhavan.

Strengthening its efforts against drug abuse and trafficking of illicit substances Shri Wasnik informed the gathering that the Government of India will soon increase the number of villages being covered under various programs of NYKS and will release the monetary grant for NGOs working in this area. This will strengthen the efforts against drug abuse , the Minister said.

In his speech, the Chief Guest Sh. Ajay Maken, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has introduced mandatory doping test in all national, state and university level sports competition. Highlighting the increasing use of drugs among sportsmen, Shri Maken said during a recent drill by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), several school children were found using banned performance enhancement substances. He stated that in order to render valuable service for the development of the nation, the youth need to be mentally and physically sound.

The representative of the UN Secretary General, Ms.Cristina Albertin read out the message of the Secretary General, which noted that drug abuse and illicit trafficking continue to have a profoundly negative impact on development and stability across the world. Illicit drugs and related criminal networks undermine the rule of law. The impunity with which they go about their business causes tremendous fear and sows disillusion with governance at all levels, she said.

She further said that efforts to promote development and fight drugs and crime will be more effective if they are rooted in partnerships with the young, civil society, governments and the international community.
In his speech Shri K.M. Acharya, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, exhorted various stakeholders, including the Central Ministries and Departments, to join hands to curb the menace of drug addiction and trafficking.

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