ITANAGAR, June 26 - Sharing his concern over the �growing� menace of drug addiction in the State, especially among youths, Chief Minister Pema Khandu today stressed the need for concerted efforts from all stakeholders in checking drug abuse as well as for de-addiction and rehabilitation of the misguided youths.
�I fully endorse your concern on drug addiction and the need for a concerted effort in curbing the menace as well as de-addiction and rehabilitation of our misguided youths,� Khandu told the Arunachal Pradesh Women�s Welfare Society (APWWS), a team of which led by its president, Dipti Bengia Tadar, called on him at his office here this morning and discussed various issues confronting the society related directly or indirectly to women of the State.
�While the Government is duty bound to create a drug-free society, the role of women folk is paramount in this crusade,� he pointed out and hoped that the women�s body would lead from the front.
To the submission of the APWWS for awareness and research to tackle drug as well as alcohol addiction in the society, Khandu assured to keep provisions for this in the forthcoming budget.
Acknowledging the role and influence of the women folk in societal development, Khandu assured his Government�s full cooperation and support to resolve the issues raised by the APWWS, besides lending a helping hand in its endeavours.
The Chief Minister also acknowledged the need to make marriage registration mandatory, as urged by the women�s body, for security of not only the wives but also of husbands.
The APWWS also requested the Chief Minister to provide all requisite facilities in the lone mental hospital of the State located near Doimukh. It suggested that a reputed NGO can be authorised to run the hospital, if necessary, to look after the patients.
The APWWS raised concerns over hidden �gambling dens� across the State which, it claimed, were destroying families. It also questioned the availability of the online game, PUBG, which has mostly affected schoolchildren.