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National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR)

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE), Government of India has been implementing the National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) with the objective of creating awareness and educate people about the ill-effects of alcoholism and substance abuse and for providing a whole range of community based services for identification, motivation, counselling, de-addiction, after care and rehabilitation for Whole Person Recovery (WPR) of substance and alcohol users.

The State has submitted plans for various activities, facilities to address the problem of drugs in the state by the Social Welfare Departments as well as other line Departments and NGOs for the following components:

(a) Preventive Education and Awareness Generation
(b) Capacity Building
(c) Treatment and Rehabilitation
(d) Specific Intervention Programme on Drug Demand Reduction etc

Various like awareness programmes on the ill effects of drugs, training / capacity building had been carried out by the DSWOs and NGOs in collaboration with line Departments in all the Districts under the scheme for NAPDDR.

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MoSJE) is directly funding and implementing the Focussed Interventions through the NGOs for preventive measures to curb the menace of drug abuse which aim to reach adolescents and youth in the community, increase community participation and public cooperation in the reduction of demand for dependence-producing substances and encourage youth dependent on drugs to come forward and seek treatment in safe and secure environment.

The following Focused Interventions has been setup in the identified designated areas which are run by the following NGOs:

  1. The Community Peer led Intervention (CPLI) for Early Drug Use Prevention among Adolescents.
    • Khasi Jaintia Presbyterian Assembly Social Economic Life Development in East Khasi Hills, IGP Shillong
  2. Outreach and Drop In Centres (ODICs)
    1. Kripa Foundation in East Khasi Hills District, Lachumiere Shillong
    2. Manbha Foundation in West Jaintia Hills District, Jowai

Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan

The Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan (Addiction Free India Campaign) was launch on 15th August, 2021 which is an initiative of the MoSJE who has formulated an Annual Action Plan, ‘Nasha Mukt Bharat’ in 272 most affected districts which are most vulnerable in terms of usage of Drugs and launch a three-pronged attack of Supply Curb by Narcotics Bureau, Outreach and Awareness and Demand Reduction effort by Social Justice and Treatment through the Health Department.

In the State of Meghalaya, Shillong, Tura (Town in west Garo Hills), West Jaintia Hills/ Dawki and Baghmara (HQ of South Garo Hills) are identified vulnerable Districts under the Nasha Mukt Bharat Annual Action Plan 2020-21.

Various activities have been conducted by the District Administration and DSWOs in collaboration with various line Departments- Health, Education, Police, etc and NGOs to address the problem of drugs in the respective districts for a drug free community.

Activities conducted under the Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan by the State and Identified Vulnerable Districts:

State Level Activities
Sl. No. Activities Conducted Remarks
1 Launching Programme Launching Programme on NMBA & release of the Meghalaya Drug Abuse Prevention Policy, 2020
2 Facebook & Instagram Page FB: meghalayasnmba
IG: meghalayasnmba
3 Webinar Topic: NMBA
RP: 1. Dr. A. K. Roy, Psychiatrist, Civil Hospital, Shillong
2. Shri. B. Wanswett, Inspector of Police (CID), Shillong
3. Shri. Barry L. Kharmalki, Secretary MDUF, Shillong
4. Shri. D. D. Shira, Director of Social Welfare
4. Radio spots/RJ mention & tags/ on air interview (RED FM) 1 week each for a month
5. Poster sharing campaign ‘pa heh video’ (RED FM) Online Poster Competition
6. Poster campaign for slogan competition Online Poster Competition
7. Music video on drug abuse, ‘made for more’ 63,308 Viewers, Nominated for Best Music Video & Best Sound Engineer at the MG MUSIC AWARDS 2021
8. Live broadcast on Doordarshan Kendra Shillong called ‘Health Essentials’ Testimony by Shri. Barry L. Kharmali & sharing by Shri Neil Umwi on the Music Video
9. All India Radio North East Service Sharing of testimonies by Recovering/Recovered Drug User
10. Live Broadcast on Lelangki Local Cable Tv Network Called ‘Living Chat Room’ Talks about drug addiction by expertise in the field of drugs & sharing of testimonies, etc
11. Print Media-Newspapers & Magazine Publication of articles by expertise in the field of addiction, sharing of testimonies, advertisement on the Myths & Facts about Drug Use, Facilities Available
12. IEC Materials Developed In The State 3000 A4 size poster, 3000 two fold pamphlets, 3000 bookmarks, 100 traffic cones with messages on anti-drugs, 100 cups, 100 t-shirts, 500 car stickers
13 Two days capacity building programme on drug abuse prevention under NAPDDR for ICPS Functionaries & NGOS , 4th & 5th March, 2021 55 Participants
14 One Day Training Programme On De-Addiction Counselling & Rehabilitation Under National Action Plan On Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) for Social Workers, Teachers, Functionaries of Rehabilitation Centres, 19th March, 2021 55 Participants
15. Workshop on substance drug abuse cum inauguration of KRIPA foundation de-addiction centre for juveniles, 30th march, 2021 First de-addiction centre for juveniles in the northeast
16. Awareness programme on national tobacco health control programme (banned on sale of tobacco/cigarettes/gutkas etc near educational institutions) Conducted by Health Department (NHM)
17. Competition: drawing and painting (class 6-8)
Essay writing competition (class 9-10), class XI-XII
Conducted by Education Department
18. Bike rally Police Department
West Garo Hills District
Sl. No. Programmes/Activities Conducted Total Number Conducted Total No. of Participants
1 Awareness Programme 67 3074
2 Competition (Drawing/Painting/Slogan,Etc) 5 1179
3 Training of Master Volunteers 2 35
4 Choreography 1 106
5 Marathon/Sports Activities 4 285
6 Launching of Water Sports 1 95
7 Outreach Programme for Women Group 87 1 87
8 Radio Talks    
9 Release of Short Videos 2 -
10 Video Talk with song on drug abuse 1 -
South Garo Hills District
Sl. No. Programmes/Activities Conducted Total Number Conducted Total No. of Participants
1 Awareness Programme 36 2667
2 Competition (Drawing/Painting/Slogan,Etc) 1 31
3 Training of Master Volunteers 2 40
4 Marathon/Sports Activities 3 221
5 Training/Capacity Building 7 325
6 Meetings 3 31
7 Video on Drug Abuse 1 -
8 Translation of NMBA IEC Materials (Garo) - -
West Jaintia Hills District
Sl. No. Programmes/Activities Conducted Total Number Conducted Total No. of Participants
1 Launching Programme 1 7
2 Awareness Programme 40 2644
3 Competition (Drawing/Painting/Slogan,Etc) 5 70
4 Training of Master Volunteers 2 50
5 Marathon/Sports Activities 1 400
6 Webinar 2 325
7 Meetings 10 86
8 Video on drug abuse 4 -
9 Visit to de-addiction centre 3 165
10 All India Radio Talk Show/Testimony 8 -
11 Closing Ceremony 1 300
12 Launching of Social Media Page in Facebook - -
East Khasi Hills District
Sl. No. Programmes/Activities Conducted Total Number Conducted Total No. of Participants
1 Launching Programme 1 50
2 Awareness Programme 8 470
3 Competition (Drawing/Painting/Slogan,Etc) 1 80
4 Training of Master Volunteers 2 50
5 Capacity Building 2 160
6 Street Play 2  
7 Talk Show on radio    
8 Video Shoot (Testimony)    
9 Road Shows 2  
10 Radio Jingles    
11 Poster Campaign 1 30
12 Closing Ceremony 1 60

Addiction Treatment Facilities (ATFS)

The Ministry has also proposed to set up Addiction Treatment Facilities (ATFs) in identified Government Hospitals at Tura (Town in west Garo Hills), West Jaintia Hills/ Dawki and Baghmara (HQ of South Garo Hills) on priority basis as they are found to be more vulnerable as there is not even a single de-addiction and treatment facilities in these districts.

Currently, Tura Civil Hospital has received approval from the Ministry for the Addiction Treatment Facilities (ATR) as is functioning as a 10 bedded facility with regular OPDs.Due to space constraints at the Baghmara and Jowai Civil Hospitals, treatment is done for Out Patient Department (OPD) only.

District De-addiction Centres (DDACS)

The MoSJE under the NAPDDR has proposed to set up District De-addiction Centres (DDACs) in those identified vulnerable Districts which do not have any of the department supported facility of Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA), Outreach and Drop in Centre (ODIC) and Community and Peer Led Intervention (CPLI).  These DDACs would be operated by the NGOs and work under the overall control of the District Magistrate/District Commissioners and provide comprehensive facilities like outreach, peer led interventions, counselling & treatment facilities  hitherto being provided by IRCA, ODIC & CPLI to facilitate convergence of all facilities under one roof making it more accessible, holistic and beneficial to treatment seekers. The DDACs would be set up preferably in District Headquarters or suitably accessible place where rent free accommodation is provided by the District Administration through Organizations duly selected by the Ministry with due recommendation of State/ District Authorities.

Grant in aid under Anti Drugs

The Department of Social Welfare also puts up an advertisement in the local newspapers every year for online application of various Grant In Aid (GIA) Schemes under Anti Drugs which are directly funded by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India for the interested NGOs to apply.

List of NGOs recommended for receiving Grant In Aid under Anti Drugs During 2021-22
Sl. No. Name and Address of NGOs Purpose
A South West Khasi Hills, Mawkyrwat
1 Social Economic Life & Development Committee Jingiaseng Samla Presbyterian Wahsiej, Wahsiej Awareness Programme on Drug, Abuse and HIV/ AIDS
2 Sengbhalang Laitkroh Rangmaw, Rangmaw Mawiawkon Laitkroh Risk and Effects of drug and Alcohol Abuse
3 Synjuk Ki Seng Samla Shnong South West Khasi Hills Seminar on Drug Abuse & Alcoholism
4 Mawphor Kynbai Welfare Association Urkasniang Conducting a Seminar on the Dangerous of the Drug Abuse & Alcoholism
B East Jaintia Hills, Khliehriat
1 Mihmyntdu Community Social Welfare Association Jowai The Prevention of substance abuse (Drugs) in East Jaintia Hills District
C West Jaintia Hills, Jowai
1 Breakthrough (Social & Economic Life Development, Association) KJP Synod, Mihngi Jowai Detoxication Camp
2 Mihmyntdu Community & Social Welfare Association, Jowai Salaroh, Jowai Prevention of Alcoholism & Substance (Drug) Abuse
3 Namdong Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd. Namdong A Village Awareness Programme about the effected of Drug in the Society
4 Seinraij Niamtre Development Organisation, Nartiang Village Awareness Programme on Drug and Substance Abuse in the Society
5 Mynkseh F.I.P. Farmer & Command Area, Nangbah Village Awareness Programme on Drug and Substance Abuse in the Society
6 Khatarshnong Presbyterian Jubilee Sec. School Awareness Programme on drug and substance Abuse
D East Khasi Hills, Shillong
1 Agency for Sustainable Development Initiatives, KJP Synod Sepngi, Shillong Awareness Programme on Drugs Abuse, Alcoholisms & Other Social Evils
2 K.J.P. Assembly SELDA, New Hope Centre, Shillong Maintenance of the De-addiction Centre
3 Social Service Committee, Tyrna Workshop on Social substance Abuses
4 KJP Synod Sepngi 1) Awareness Programme on Social Evil for 5 localities 2) Outreach Programme for School and College Students 3) Observing International Day Against Drugs and Illicit Trafficking
4) Awareness Programme at District Jail, Shillong
5) Two days camp for the Recovery addicts.
6) One Day Retreat for Female Sex Workers
7) Awareness Programme at Khlieh Iew Duh
5 Social & Economic Life Development, District Khatarshnong Awareness Programme on Alcoholism & Social Abuses
6 Khatarshnong Presbyterian Jubilee Sec. School Awareness Programme on Social substance Abuses
7 Social Service Centre, Arch Bishop, Laitumkhrah, Shillong Counselling Cum- Awareness on Drugs
E East Garo Hills, Williamnagar
1 Rongmadot Chimik Women’s SHG Anti Drug Awarenes Programme
2 Wanok Chiring Women’s SHG Anti Drug Awareness Programme
3 Dobetkolgre Terrace Gittim Chokchimsa SHG Anti Drug Awareness Programme
4 Bolkinggre Women’s Self Help Group One Day Awareness Programme on Drug Abuse & Other Social Evils
5 Bolkinggre Women’s Ku-cholsan Self Help Group On Day Awareness Programme on Drug Abuse & Other Social Evils
6 Laudat Chiring Women’s SHG One Day Awareness Programme on Drug Abuse & Other Social Evils
F North Garo Hills, Resubelpara
1 Self Help Group Cluster Centre, Mendal, North Garo Hills Conducting of Drug Abuse Awareness Programme
2 Self Help Group Cluster Centre, Mendal North Garo Hills
3 Krimkro Self Help Group, Mendal, North Garo Hills
4 Akarok Songgital Women’s Butterfly SHG, Mendal
G South Garo Hills, Ampati  
1 Am’beng Community Development Society, Ampati Anti Drugs Awareness Programme for Youth under Anti Drugs Programme

Meghalaya Drug Abuse Prevention Policy, 2020

The Social Welfare Department has implemented The Meghalaya Drug Abuse Prevention Policy, 2020 that has been approved by the Cabinet on 12.03.2020 and published in the Gazette of Meghalaya Part IIA on 25th June, 2020. It was officially released by the Hon’ble Minister of Social Welfare, Shri. KyrmenShylla on 11th September, 2020 at Yojona Bhavan, Main Secretariat Building, Shillong as part of the Meghalaya State Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan. It is a proud moment for the State of Meghalaya, as very few States in India has a Drug Policy.

The Governor of Meghalaya has also constituted the following Committees on 16thMarch, 2021 for Prevention of Drug Abuse for a term of 3 years.

  1. State Level Monitoring Committee
  2. State Level Coordination Committee
  3. District level Coordination Committee
  4. Block level Coordination Committee
  5. Local/ Village/Community Level Coordination Committee

Rehabilitation Centres in the State

The Social Welfare Department through Public Private Partnership mode has launched a 15 Bedded facility for children/adolescents on 30th March, 2021 called the ‘Kripa Foundation De-addiction Centre for Juveniles’ at Mawkasiang, Mawdiangdiang, New Shillong to cater to children/adolescents below 18 years of age who has fallen prey to substance/drug addiction.

Sl. No. Name of Institution Facility Address Remarks
1. Kripa Foundation De-Addiction Centre For Juveniles 15 Bedded Mawdiangdiang, New Shillong,
(M): 7005629460
10 Male And 5 Female Adolescents/Children
2. Breakthrough Centre 17 Bedded Khliehtyrshi Village, Jowai,
(M): 8731098416
Male Users  
3. Kjpa New Hope De-Addiction Centre 15 Bedded Mawdiangdiang, New Shillong,
Male Users
4 Kjpa New Hope De-Addiction Centre For Females 15 Bedded Mawdiangdiang, New Shillong,
Female Users
5 Kripa Foundation 15 Bedded Nongsder, Ri-Bhoi,
Male Users
6 New Life De-Addiction Centre 15 Bedded Umjarain, Mawtawar, Shillong,
(M): 9612617331
Male Users
7 Wisdom Centre 30 Bedded Umdihar, Ri-Bhoi
(M): 7005016988
Male Users  
8 Scope Foundation 15 Bedded Mukhla Village, Jowai
Male Users  
9 Thio Rehabilitation Centre 15 Bedded Langumshing, Nongstoin,
Male Users
10 Sanker 50 Bedded Mawlai, Mawroh, Shillong,
(M): 8257805180
11 Tura Civil Hospital Addiction Treatment Facility 10 Bedded Dermile, Tura West Garo Hills, Meghalaya
(O) 03651-232076