Project to protect children from drugs

Minister K.K. Shylaja to launch ‘Deepthi’

Deepthi, a comprehensive project being implemented by the district child protection unit in association with various other departments to check the use of drugs among children, will get under way in the district on Thursday.

Minister for Social Justice K.K. Shylaja will launch the project at the District Planning Hall at the Civil Station at 11 a.m. The website of the child welfare committee and Jyothi, a project for the distribution of equipment to the differently-abled children, will also be inaugurated on the occasion.

The project, Deepthi, was born out of the finding that majority of the children produced before the Juvenile Justice Board in the district were connected to narcotics-related cases. The project aims at identifying children who are into drugs and freeing them from its clutches. All kinds of assistance right from the identification of such children to their complete freedom from drugs will be made available to them through various departments. Initially, the project will be introduced in government and aided schools.

The website is being launched with the objective of taking the child protection activities to the larger society. It will serve as a medium for the public to submit complaints at any time and to inform the child protection committee about children in trying circumstances.

Jyothi is being implemented by the Centre for Empowerment and Enrichment in association with the district administration for the differently-abled children. A total of 51beneficiaries identified in the first phase will receive equipment from the Minister on Thursday.

P.T. Thomas, MLA, will preside.

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