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Committee to formulate state-specific guidelines for private de-addiction centres formed

Eleven members committee to formulate state-specific guidelines for private de-addiction centres has been formed by the Department of Social Welfare following an order of the High Court of Manipur. 

Social welfare director Ngangom Uttam Singh said considering the need for regulation in ever-increasing de-addiction centres due to rampant gross human violation, the state government had issued an order for implementation of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse 2009 formulated by the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry.

Social Welfare Director, Ngangom Uttam Singh

Most of the de-addiction centres declined the said order and even filed Public Interest Litigation seeking support to implement state-oriented guidelines. Responding to it, the High Court of Manipur issued an order on April 11 asking to frame the said guidelines within three months. 

Following the direction of the court, the Department of Social Welfare had formed a committee on May 26 with Ngangom Uttam Singh as the chairman of the committee. In the committee, representatives from various sectors, namely, police department, legal service, psychiatry, de-addiction centres, NGOs and centrally sponsored rehabilitation centres are present.

The next meeting of the committee is scheduled to be held on June 16 where a thorough discussion will be held touching all necessary areas or points. After this, the drafted guidelines will be submitted to the committee of the state government, he added. 

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