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From Our Correspondent

TURA, June 26: The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was commemorated across Garo Hills with various awareness programs aimed at combating drug abuse and promoting preventive measures.
West Garo Hills
In West Garo Hills, the District Legal Services Authority, Tura, in collaboration with Meghalaya State Legal Services Authority and National Legal Services Authority, organized a program at Tebronggre Village. Highlighting the activities of the DLSA, Legal Aid Counsel John Cronin Ch Sangma underscored the legal services and aid available, especially for economically weaker sections of society.
North Garo Hills
In North Garo Hills, the observation culminated at Multi Facility Hall, Gokulgre, Resubelpara, following a month-long series of awareness programs. Departments such as the District Mental Health Society, Social Welfare Office, and District Legal Services Authority conducted various activities including slogan competitions and sensitization programs on the NDPS Act 1985. The event saw active participation from Self Help Groups, Village Organizations, and school students, focusing on the theme “Evidence is clear: invest in prevention.” Assistant Commissioner & BDO of Bajengdoba C&RD Block, Liam TG Momin, emphasized collective cooperation in combating drug abuse and advocated for the establishment of preventive measures and rehabilitation centers within communities.
South West Garo Hills
In South West Garo Hills, the Department of Social Welfare, Ampati, collaborated with The Social Humanoid NGO Garobadha to organise an impactful awareness program at Modhupara community hall.
Part of the Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan, the event highlighted the theme ‘The evidence is clear: invest in prevention.’
TK Marak, in-charge of the Department of Social Welfare Officer (DSWO) Ampati, stressed the role of families in preventing drug abuse.
Sub-Inspector S.A. Sangma from Garobadha Police Station urged community members to take proactive steps, emphasizing collective efforts in combating drug abuse. Dr. C.R. Marak, Dental Surgeon and Medical and Health Officer, Garobadha, delivered a detailed presentation on the harmful effects of drugs and underscored the importance of family support in rehabilitation efforts.
The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was also observed at Little Flower School, Tura, and the College of Community Science, Sangsanggre, underscoring widespread community participation and commitment to combating the drug menace.

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