As Manipur continues to battle the scourge of drug menace, a transgender community has stepped forward with an innovative idea of selling fruit salads to help combat the rise in drug abuse, especially among the youths, in the state.
The Yai Nupi-Manbi Self-help Group together with Lamyanba Irawat Memorial Integrated Trust (LIMIT) has decided to raise a series of anti-drug awareness programmes in the state.
Pointing out that several parents in the state remain helpless as their children fall victims to drug abuse, self-help group member Dayananda Taorem said efforts are being made to lend support to them.
"In order to lend support in bringing back the addicted youths into the mainstream, the transgender community and LIMIT have come up together to launch a series of awareness programmes," she said.
And, they have decided to sell fruit salads to raise funds for the series of awareness programmes to be conducted, Dayanand added.
The transgender community has planned to sell different types of fruit salads in the road stretch of Thangal Bazar in Imphal from February 26 to March 2, she further said.
The funds raised will be utilised to organise several awareness programmes across the state and hire resource persons for the programmes, she added.
Informing the innovative plan to the media, Dayananda appealed to the public to support them in tackling increasing drug menace among the youths across the state.