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Vimukthi fails to save addicts

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ANUPAMA MILI
Published Apr 4, 2018, 1:56 am IST
Updated Apr 4, 2018, 1:56 am IST
Rs 4.66 crore spent on awareness but no data on number of alcoholics de-addicted.
Department has no clue as to how many persons were identified as alcoholics and de-addicted.
 Department has no clue as to how many persons were identified as alcoholics and de-addicted.

KOZHIKODE: 'Vimukthi,'  the Kerala state mission for de-addiction, started two years ago with the laudable objective of spreading awareness against alcoholism and drug abuse,  has failed to make any impact  so far. The funds allotted to it have gone down the drain as none knows how many people have benefited from the project.    Vimukthi, which was initiated by the present LDF government soon after it assumed office in 2016,   is an example of how public funds can be wasted on a project without any  direction.

 Till date, the government  has spent over Rs 4.66 crore  in all the 14 districts, whereas the excise department does not know  how many persons were identified as alcoholics and de-addicted. Excise Minister T.P. Ramakrishnan had told reporters here recently that  the government wanted to reduce  the consumption of alcohol, rather than enforce any ban.  The government would focus on programmes like Vimukthi as a solution, he added.     

 

It is being implemented with the help of Student Police Cadets, anti- addiction clubs of schools and colleges, National Service Scheme, Kudumbasree, State Library Council and  anti- alcoholic organisations of   students, youth and women.   However, while confirming the huge expenditure for the project, the excise department said  that no doctors or counsellors had been employed for the project. The lower- level officials said on condition of anonymity that no direction had  been given  on how to coordinate between other departments like health or social justice.

 

Meanwhile, the government has announced   new campaigns. DGP Loknath Behera  announced 'Aspirations 2018' on March 3 to create narcotic clubs in schools to make them drugs-free. On his Facebook page, he sought  the involvement of the public, especially parents and teachers to stop the use of drugs.  Though several officials  of the excise department are taking personal efforts to identify and de-addict people,  they are clueless about  the project and how to identify the addicted  children just  by speaking against the drugs.

 

 "We have plans to start de-addiction clinics in association with the health department by the end of April or the beginning of May. Though there are individual efforts by the officers to identify the addicted persons, there are no official statistics on how many addicts  were  identified. Once the de-addiction centres are started in each district, we would be able to identify the number of addicts," says Mr Ajith Lal, joint excise commissioner, who leads awareness campaign.

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Location: India, Kerala




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