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Assam Govt to come up with rehab policy soon: CM

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From Sandeep Sharma

GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday held a meeting with the State Level Coordinating Agency (SLCA) on Drug Prevention, Assam as well as representatives from various private rehabilitation centres at the conference hall of his office in Janata Bhawan.

Various rehabilitation measures for the de-addiction treatment and practices in Assam for drug users were discussed in the meeting.

Taking stock of the issues related to the rehabilitation of the addicted persons, Sarma advocated for a drug rehabilitation policy for the state and asked the health and social welfare department to prepare a draft of the said policy in consultation with various experts and stakeholders.

The chief minister also advocated for a scientific approach so that rehabilitated persons do not fall back into the habit of drug addiction again.

Along with ensuring right protocols for the drug de-addiction centres, the chief minister also advised the concerned officials to take steps for proper registration of the rehabilitation centre.

Principal secretary (health and family welfare) Anurag Goel, secretary (social welfare) Partha Mazumdar, director of social welfare Bibhash Modi and representatives from different rehabilitation centers were present in the meeting.

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