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SUKOON Helpline becoming popular in Valley: Div Com 

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Reviews progress under Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan

SRINAGAR: The Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, today while reviewing progress under Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan said that SUKOON Helpline 1800-180-7202 for Mental & Drugs victims counseling is becoming popular in Valley.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioners, Director School Education, Director Health Services of Kashmir, Director ULB, Deputy Commissioner Excise Department, AD, Information Department, Incharge Divisional Control Room, HoDs, and officers of various departments including RDD, Colleges, Drug Control & Wakf Board.

The meeting deliberated over the actions to ensure the eradication of illicit crop production, clamp down on drug traffickers, and counseling and treatment of substance addicts.

Addressing the meeting, Div Com directed DCs for strict action against cultivators of illicit crops and take strict action against drug traffickers under NCORD.

For rehabilitation and treatment of drug addicts, he asked for enhancing the performance of Addiction Treatment Facility (ATF) centers in districts.

Besides, he asked for the sharing of information about ATFs among the people and directed for quantitative analysis of their functioning.

Meanwhile, Div Com sought compliance with the circular issued by his office in which PRIs, VLWs, Patwaris, and Anganwardi workers were asked to report information of suspected substance users in their areas.

Pole exhorted on wide circulation and publication of success stories of rehabilitated drug victims.

He directed participation in TV programmes by doctors, professors, and other experts to share their advice, knowledge, and suggestions on the policies of Nasha Mukt Bharat and drug de-addiction.

Moreover, Wakf Department was asked to loop in the services of Molvies, Khateebs, and Imams in eradicating drug consumption and educating the people about the drug menace.

Further, Div Com stressed on running the IEC campaign on drug de-addiction, SUKOON Helpline, ATFs, symptoms of substance use, etc in Education institutions, Health institutions, and on mainstream and social media.

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