To check the alarming rise of drug abuse in various parts of the country, the Union government in March 2013 decided to introduce a National Policy on Drug Abuse and has formed an expert committee to suggest guidelines for it.
The Decision in this regard was taken by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry with an expert committee which was formed to study nation-wide scenario of drug and substance abuse.
The committee on National Policy on Drug Abuse is being headed by a senior Ministry official and experts from various backgrounds have been roped in it as members.
The Committee made its first presentation to the Union SJ&E Minister Kumari Selja and highlighted some of the key issues such as lack of a credible national data on drug addiction and the delayed pilot projects for assessment in Punjab, Maharashtra and Manipur.
The Ministry had planned to start the pilot project in December in year 2012 with a deadline to complete it by February 2013. The Ministry has also formed several schemes to break the demand and supply nexus of drug consumption, but due to lack of a national policy, these schemes are not being implemented properly.
The Committee includes experts from some top medical colleges, centres engaged in task of rehabilitation of drug victims, officials of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and other stakeholders.
Regular consultations are being conducted with all stakeholders and organisations engaged in rehabilitation of drug victims.
The policy will also ensure a better coordination among agencies and state governments while providing periodical data on impact of the schemes launched by the Ministry.