Ministry launches NAPDDR, National Action Plan to combat drug abuse
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The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched the National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) to provide financial assistance to State Governments/UT Administrations and NGOs/VOs for various initiatives related to Drug Demand Reduction.
An Overview of the News
NAPDDR includes preventive education, awareness generation, capacity building, skill development, vocational training and livelihood support for ex-drug addicts, among other programmes.
Drug Free India Campaign (NMBA)
NMBA is a program launched in 2020 to tackle substance abuse in 372 vulnerable districts.
The focus is on raising awareness in educational institutions, schools and communities.
It aims to identify and help drug dependent people by providing them counselling and treatment facilities.
Effect of NMBA
More than 10.47 crore people including 3.34 crore youth and 2.22 crore women have been sensitised about drug abuse through various activities.
More than 3.23 lakh educational institutions have participated in spreading the message.
A corps of 8,000+ Master Volunteers (MVs) has been trained to support this cause.
Outreach through Social Media and Technology
NMBA uses social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to raise awareness.
A dedicated mobile application helps in collecting data on NMBA activities and provides a dashboard to track the progress.
The NMBA website (http://nmba.dosje.gov.in) provides detailed information, an online discussion forum and resources.
Encourage Drug-free Commitment
A national online pledge has seen participation of 1.67 crore students across 99,595 educational institutions.
Collaborating with spiritual/social service organisations
NMBA has signed MoUs with organisations such as The Art of Living, Brahma Kumaris and Sant Nirankari Mission for advocacy and public awareness activities.
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