The four tribes of Manipur announce their support for the government’s campaign against drug addiction

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The Joint Tribe Council (JTC) and the Joint Tribe Students’ Association representing the Inpui, Liangmai, Zeme and Rongmei tribes of Manipur, issued a statement to Chief Minister Biren Singh, agreeing to assist in the “War on Drugs” campaign “May 12.

The statement claims that the four indigenous tribes residing in Manipur have neither practiced poppy cultivation nor solicited any illegal drug trade.

The joint organizations of the tribes have further pledged to work towards the conservation of the flora and fauna of the biodiversity-rich forests.

Drugs impair growth

After being elected in 2018, CM Singh said the “war on drugs” was his main focus. For his part, he underlined the harmful effects of poppy cultivation (the poppy makes heroin a drug) on ​​the ecology in the form of degradation of soil quality, land fertility, pollution water bodies and deforestation.

Since his campaign days, Singh has tried to call on all those engaged in drug-related activities to cease so that Manipur’s resources and energy can be used for positive growth, as Northeast Now reports. .

History of drug use in Manipur

Manipur is close to Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, considered the golden triangle of the drug trade among Southeast Asian countries. Drugs have become part of the rituals and customs of the Manipuri people due to their easy access and availability. Thus, many communities in Manipur have resisted giving up substance use. ‘Ganja’ has been part of their cultural practices for a long time and is also widely used as a medicine for childbirth.

A report by the Manipur Narcotics and Affairs of Border unit reveals that “963 drug traffickers were arrested, including 768 males and 195 females under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) from April to June 2019 “.

Furthermore, the report describes that approximately 3,716 acres of land used in illegal poppy cultivation as well as 5.51 acres of cannabis were destroyed during the “War on Drugs”.

Turn a new page

The state government also launched the “Nisha Thadoklasi” campaign on June 26, 2018, the “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”. It also aims to make 80 schools a “Drug-Free Campus” for which teachers and students will be properly trained.

The government wants to fully implement its “Manipur State Drug Policy” which would eradicate the drug problem in the state.

Various civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations are actively working against drug abuse in the state, such as All Lilong Anti-Drug Association, Drug and Alcohol Coalition, etc.

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