AIZAWL: The 23 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of Inspector General Assam Rifles (East), launched the first phase of an anti-drug campaign in Mizoram on Tuesday, stated a press release. The campaign, named 'Ruihhlo Do: A war against Drugs', will be conducted in three phases across the State for the duration of two weeks starting at the Aizawl Battalion.
The campaign was conceptualized and framed to be conducted phase-wise across the State, including the far-flung border villages. Assam Rifles has taken up this massive initiative to assist the State Government in curbing the effect of drugs in the State and help in overall uplift of society by disengaging the youth from the clutch of drugs.
Since 1984, Mizoram has suffered 1,630 drug abuse-related deaths, including 131 women. The year 2020 witnessed 50 deaths, while many more addicts were put in rehabilitation centers. In India, about 0.7 % of the population is affected by drugs and in terms of percentage of population affected, Mizoram ranks highest in the country. In a recent survey conducted by the Social Welfare Department, the highest number of respondents was recorded in Aizawl (27.8 % of the total drug users in State), with Lawngtlai being affected the least at 5.9%.
The Aizawl Battalion launched the campaign with a pledge ceremony administered by Pu Lalchamaliana, Home Minister of Mizoram. Brigadier Digvijay Singh, SM, Deputy Inspector General, Headquarters 23 Sector Assam Rifles, gave an insight into the drug menace and the roll-on plan for the Anti-Drug campaign in his speech. The first phase of the anti-drug campaign, with an interactive session, focused on modalities and aimed results of the drive. An anti-drug awareness pledge ceremony also conducted at Aizawl Battalion as a part of first phase of the campaign. The two-week long campaign will include a Drugs Awareness Run at Champhai on June 18, Bike Rally/Road Shows from June 19 to June 20 from Lunglei to Aizawl.
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