MLA inspects proposed site for opium de-addiction & rehabilitation camp

LONGDING, Sep 1: A 50-member team led by local MLA of Longding, Thangwang Wangham inspected the proposed site for setting up of a de-addiction and rehabilitation camp near the banks of Tissing River, 10 kms away from Longding town on Thursday last.
Earlier on Tuesday, a coordination meeting was conducted at the Longding Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall, which was attended among others by Longding MLA, ZPC, DC, SP, ADC, Circle officers, DMO and representative from Wancho Cultural Society, All Wancho Women Welfare Society, Wancho Council, Longding District Student Union and ASMs, whereby a coordination committee was formed under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner.
The MLA also informed that the de-addiction and rehabilitation camp will have an intake capacity of 50 people along with principal, wardens, guards and staffs to look after the people admitted. Each batch will consist of 50 addicts, who will undergo treatment in the camp for three months.
‘A medical team comprising of highly qualified psychiatrists would regularly counsel the patients, while vocational training will also be imparted to them to help them avail various livelihood schemes under NERCORMP, DoTCL, MLALAD, MPLAD and agri-horti-fishery sectors’, he said, adding that it will wean the patients away from opium addiction.
The initial expenditure of the mission will be borne by Wangham from his sources. However, to bear the recurring expenditure, like food and medicines, the coordination committee would appeal to the state government for funding from Public Sector Undertakings under Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.