NEW DELHI, Jul 1: A delegation from Arunachal Pradesh, led by APSCPCR Chairperson Ratan Anya, attended a one-day National Review & Consultation Workshop on the implementation of the Joint Action Plan (JAP) for the prevention of drug and substance abuse among children and illicit trafficking. The workshop, organized by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in collaboration with the Narcotics Control Board (NCB), brought together representatives from various national and international bodies.

The event saw participation from the Ministry of Home Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Chairpersons and members of State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCRs),....

.... and officials from the departments of Police, Women and Child Development, Social Justice, Health, Education, and Excise from across the states.

Anya presented a detailed report on the implementation status of the JAP in Arunachal Pradesh. The NCPCR recognized the outstanding efforts of Dibang Valley district, naming it one of the best-performing districts in the country. ADC of Dibang Valley district Jalley Umpo received the award on behalf of the district.

During the workshop, the NCPCR urged the education departments of all states to establish Prahari Clubs in all government and private schools to raise awareness about the harmful effects of drug and substance abuse among children. Additionally, the NCPCR recommended the creation of dedicated Drug Rehabilitation Centres focusing on child-specific drug abuse cases.

The department of health was also advised to digitize the sale of Schedule H and X drugs and actively monitor their sale procedures in pharmacies to curb illegal sales and usage among children and youth.