New Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the central government to formulate a National Action Plan to combat drug abuse amongst children and undertake a survey to know the extent of the menace and for effective policy intervention.
Hearing a petition by Nobel laureate Kailah Satyarthi’s NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which had besides other things sought setting up of district level drug addiction centres, the apex court expressed concern over the growing menace of the drug abuse amongst children.
The bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice A.M.Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the government to undertake a nationwide survey to identify the prevalence of drug abuse across the country.
It gave four months time to the government to put in place the National Action Plan, as it said: “Formulate and adopt a comprehensive national plan within four months, which will among other things also address the areas of immediate concern noted earlier.”
Asking the governments — both at the Centre and in the states — to create awareness about the serious consequences of the drug abuse, the court directed the Centre to include in the school curriculum the subject on harmful effects of using drugs.