The BJP launched an anti-drug campaign today in East Shillong constituency.
The programme saw the release of a campaign video, the constitution of a statewide anti-drug team along with the release of an eight-point proposal to counter the drug menace in the state.
This proposal includes co-ordinated inter-state government monitoring, a North East anti-drug squad, establishment of a Directorate of Prosecution in Meghalaya, state-run de-addiction centres, subsidies or grants for counselling centres, regular counselling at schools and colleges, engaging anti-drug volunteers at booth level and toll-free assistance for those seeking treatment.
The party also distributed jerseys to sports clubs as a part of the anti-drug campaign with an aim to promote sports for the youth.
State party president Ernest Mawrie said that different programmes will be carried out statewide to counter this problem. The mission goal programme launched by BJP is not only for elections but shall be continued post-elections too, he claimed.
Mawrie stated that Meghalaya has nearly 2.5 lakh drug users, which is 7.65 percent of the state population and nearly 30 percent of the youth are affected.
“We as a party are totally committed to solve this problem and will ensure our Home Minister Amit Shah’s commitment of zero tolerance on the drug menace is stood by,” he said.