Acting CJ lays foundation stone of De-AddictionCentre at KitchuDumra

Namchi, 07 Jul [IPR]:Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Justice MeenakshiMadanRai, who is also the Executive Chairperson of Sikkim State Legal Services Authority [SLSA], laid the foundation stone of the upcoming De-Addiction cum Rehabilitation Centre for Substance Abuse with Livelihood School today at KitchuDumra in Namchi, South Sikkim.

It may be mentioned here, the proposed area for the centre is 4198.23 square feet and will include boys and girls rehabilitation hostel, livelihood school, staff quarter for male and female, boundary fencing, approach road and a walkway. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 9,40,62,000 and will be completed in 18 months time.

Organized by Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare Department, the programme had the presence of Area MLA cum SLA Speaker, KN Rai,accompanied by Minister of SJE&WD,Tulsi Devi Rai, as guest of honour along with other dignitaries, students, representatives from various NGOs and local gentry.

Addressing the gathering, Justice Rai spoke in detail about the aim and objective of the centre which is to assist substance abuse victims to transform their life through various treatment programmes available at the centre thereby equipping the victims to reclaim their lives in obtaining better health and a productive future.

She also highlighted about “legal services to the victims of drug abuse and eradication of drug menace scheme, 2015” which is under the action plan of National Legal Services Authority [NALSA] and urged the attendees to understand the particulars as the scheme ensures to disseminate awareness to the general masses regarding the substantial legal provisions, various programmes and schemes of the government and to secure essential legal services to the victims of drug trafficking and drug abuse.

Additionally, she elaborated that a range of effective treatment is available for victims of substance abuse and informed that it is imperative that the victims are motivated to seek help for their addiction related problems and aid them in their recovery and after care. She also brought to light that authorities should not criminalize substance abuse victims and that they should focus on recovery of these victims.

Speaking on the occasion, Speaker, MrRai, explained in brief the importance of the centre and added that these kinds of centres are responsible in creating necessary awareness of drug abuse in our society alongwith providing substantial treatment and imparting a variety of skill development training for the victims to be economically productive. He spoke about the Sikkim Anti Drugs Act which has been formulated by the State Government to combat substance abuse in the State and advocated that the general public need to be informed about this Act.

Similarly, SJE&W Minister,Tulsi DeviRai, assured that the concerned department will facilitate necessary support in order to run the centre smoothly. She expressed her concern on the rising number of substance abuse victims in the State and implored on the various provisions available for the aid and rehabilitation of these victims. She also informed that the department is in the process to retrieve data on the total number of drug abuse victims existing in the Stat