District Collector P. Venugopal said ‘Vimukthi’, an initiative launched by the district administration to make Alappuzha a tobacco and drug-free dstrict, will be extended to cover CBSE schools in the district.

The Collector announced this while presiding over a meeting of CBSE schools at the District Collectorate here on Saturday. The drive against tobacco and other narcotic substances will be extended to all schools. Special training will be imparted to a teacher selected as nodal officer from each school. A training programme will be conducted for nodal officers at the Collectorate on January 30.

The Collector said that a complaint box was put up at the Collectorate where people could submit information, complaints and suggestions on the sale and use of tobacco, alcohol and narcotic substances.

Vimukthi district coordinator Nisha said that a total of 102 students were freed from the use of toacco and other narcotic substances in the year 2010-11. The activities of Vimukthi also freed 34 students from addiction till December 2012.