FROM A REPORTER
Shillong, July 14: As part of the observation of the Intertiol Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Friday, the East Khasi Hills District Social Welfare Office, in collaboration with Meghalaya AIDS Control Society (MACS), organized an awareness programme at Madanrting here. The theme for this year was “Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe”.
Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Chairperson M Kharkongor graced the occasion as the chief guest. The programme was also attended by Special SP, CID, C Lyngwa, East Khasi Hills District Social Welfare Officer ZJ Lyngdoh and MACS Assistant Director WA Kharkongor, besides a host of officials representing Rangbah Shnong, Madanrting, Dorbar Shnong, Madanrting, VHAM, VDP, NGOs, church organisations, teachers and students of Madanrting area.
Speaking on the occasion, Kharkongor stressed on the importance of such a programme to reach out to the youth to educate them about the mece of alcohol, drugs and substance abuse. She also said that drug abuse has become a major social concern and students have become very vulnerable, while also urging the school magements and teachers to pay more attention to children and take proactive steps to prevent the students from falling victims to the grave danger of drug addiction. She also appealed to the civil society to come forward and help in eradicating the social mece.
“Let us re-dedicate and commit ourselves to help the alcoholics and the substance users come back to the mainstream by accepting and extending our love, care and support,” she appealed.
Other highlights of the day included an awareness rally, prize distribution to winners of slogan writing competition, technical session on HIV & drug, role of the community in combating drug abuse, role of the police in combating drug trafficking and an interactive session. The resource persons included VHAM Programme Mager K Kharbangar, Madanrting VDP President R Rajee and Madanrting Police Station Officer In-charge O Syiemlieh.