[ Pisi Zauing ]
KHARSANG, 30 May: The people of Changlang district have stepped up to a common platform and promised to eradicate the menace of drugs and make Changlang a drug-free district.
Organised jointly by the All Tangsa Women Welfare Society, the Tangsa Youth Association and the Kharsang Circle Unemployed Youth Organisation, a meeting with senior leader Ngilang Tangha on the chair was held here on Saturday. It was attended by all the legislators of the district, along with ZPMs, members of community-based organisations, student bodies and women organisations, GBs, GPCs, and prominent public leaders of the district.
Participating in the seven-hour-long discussion, Miao MLA and UD Minister Kamlung Mossang reiterated the state government’s commitment to eradicate the menace of drugs from the state.
“In every public meeting, the chief minister speaks about the ill effects of drugs, which means that the state government is serious about the menace. But without public support, it is practically impossible to eradicate it,” Mossang said, and assured to provide “every needed support from the state government in the fight against drugs.”
Nampong MLA Laisam Simai, Changlang South MLA Phosum Khimhun, and Bordumsa MLA Shomlung Mossang also assured to do everything within their capacity to ensure that the unified fight against drugs bears fruitful result.
After marathon deliberations, a roadmap in the form of a nine-point resolution was drafted.
It was resolved to establish rehabilitation centres, well-equipped with specialised doctors and nurses, in various locations in Changlang district. It was also decided to launch awareness programmes throughout the district against drugs and create strong public opinion.
Religious centres and their leaders have been urged to play a pivotal role in the fight against drugs.
With the support of the administration and the police, core committees will be formed from the village to the district level, and surprise raids will be conducted by the police and local organisations at suspected drug outlets.
Stringent action will be initiated against drug peddlers, and cases will be registered in accordance with the NDPS Act.
CCTV cameras will be installed at all check gates, proper checking will be done, and the police will conduct regular night patrolling in “drugs affected areas,” it was decided.