A one-day awareness programme on the topic, ‘Media Focus on Demand Reduction of Drugs as a part of War on Drugs’ was organised by the Editor's Guild Manipur (EGM) in collaboration with the Social Welfare department at Hotel Sangai Continental in Imphal on Saturday.
Delivering the chief guest speech of the inaugural function, Social Welfare Minister H Dingo said that the issue of drug menace has become a highly sensitive issue which is being spread in every nook and cranny of the state.
As a result, it has become a great factor in the smooth flow of development and has also become a factor of arousing many crimes, he said.
He highlighted the various initiatives taken up by the state government to curb drug menace such as waging a war on drugs and other policy programmes to reduce demand and supply reduction. He said overcoming drug menace will not be possible without the participation of the masses.
He stressed on the role of the media in spreading awareness to curb drug menace and showing the right direction to the masses. The minister said that such an awareness programme especially for the media personnel is indeed a great initiative to tackle drug menace.
During the technical session of the programme, representative of SASO RK Tiken spoke on the topic, ‘Role of NGOs in Demand Reduction’.
The inaugural function of the programme was presided by EGM president Khomdram Khogendra while director of Social Welfare Ng Uttam attended as guests of honour.
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