The government increased the budget for the elimination of drug addiction almost 4 times in Rs 135cr: Gehlot

NEW DELHI: government The allocation of funds for measures has been increased to Rs 135 crore from Rs 33 crore in 2014, the minister of social justice and empowerment said on Thursday.

I was responding to a discussion about the increase in cases of drug addiction among school children in various parts of the country.

The minister told the members that he agreed with his suggestions on the subject and that the government would consider them.

Gehlot said the government has made sufficient provisions to punish drug traffickers in the country, which included imprisonment from six months to 15 years.

In addition, he said there are provisions to fine the culprits responsible for the drug threat in the country.

He informed the house that there are 135 districts that were surveyed by the government to find out the effects of drug addition among young people.

Reflecting on the various actions undertaken by the government to curb the threat of drug addition, he said that he has prepared a National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) for the period 2018-2025.

As part of the NAPDDR, the ministry is conducting targeted intervention programs in 127 high-risk districts, he added.

government has provided Rs 135 crore for National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) for 2019-20.