Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga on Thursday said the state government would set up a state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre cum de-addiction centre. He mentioned this at a meeting of social rehabilitation board held on Thursday, official sources said.
The chief minister said that the centre will be established at Sethawn village in north Thingdawl block of Kolasib district and asked the board to give top priority to the project. He also emphasised the need for good cooperation among the state government, churches and NGOs to materialise the project.
The CM also stated that the state government would extend help to de-addiction centres run by private parties.
Social welfare minister and social rehabilitation board chairman Dr K Beichhua also voiced in the meeting saying that the state government has framed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be followed by all de-addiction centres. He further added that regulation and guidelines are being made to award accreditation to the centers.
Apart from Zoramthanga and Beichhua, the meeting was attended by social rehabilitation board vice chairman K. Liantlinga, adviser to the chief minister C Lalramzauva, officials of youth services department, higher and technical department, school education, police and leaders of churches and NGOs.
The proposed Sethawn centre would provide health care and counseling besides handicraft training to the inmates, which board will inspect the site next week.
According to officials of state social welfare department, there are 35 de-addiction centres in the state, of which 11 are under Union ministry of social justice and empowerment, two under the state government and the rest are manned by churches and private.