Implement plan to prevent drug abuse among children in Punjab, DEOs say: The Tribune India

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Faridkot, January 19

In order to prevent children from using drugs and to stop the sale of drugs in the surrounding areas of schools/educational institutions and child care facilities, district magistrates in 18 districts have written to officials of Education (DEO) to effectively implement a joint action plan on “Prevention of Childhood Drug and Substance Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”.

The National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child wrote to the district magistrates to implement the action plan. The plan was formulated based on deliberations and input from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Department of Education, Defense, Department of Health and others.

These 18 districts are on the list of the 272 districts in the country that the Center had declared “highest hit districts” in terms of substance abuse and substance abuse. The districts include Faridkot, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Bathinda, Ferozepur, Fazilka, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Mansa, Moga, Pathankot, Sangrur, Patiala, Muktsar, SBS Nagar, Tarn Taran and Hoshiarpur.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had identified vulnerable districts based on the findings of a national survey on the extent and trends of substance use in the country from a supply side perspective, as provided by the NCB.

According to the action plan, school principals are required to keep a list of cigarette, beedi and other tobacco products shops operating within a radius of 100 meters from their school, in accordance with article 6 of the law on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The list should be shared with the DEOs, who should share it with the district magistrates.

Upon receipt of the list, local authorities and the police will issue orders to take appropriate corrective action to ensure that no cigarettes/beedis or any other tobacco shop exists within 100 meters of the schools/educational institutions and other institutions for children.

Schools must post and display a sign in one or more conspicuous places on the premises, prominently indicating that the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in the vicinity of educational institutions is strictly prohibited and constitutes an offense punishable. —TNS

Corrective action

  • In accordance with the action plan, school principals are required to maintain an up-to-date list of cigarette, beedi and other tobacco product shops operating within 100 meters of their school.
  • Local authorities and the police will give orders to take appropriate corrective measures to ensure that no tobacco shops exist near schools.
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