Manipur High Court has directed state government to regulate private rehab centres in the state. High court has asked to frame regulations for managing private Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCA) within a period of 3 months
Imphal, May 17, 2022: The Manipur High Court directed the state to frame regulations for managing private Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCA) within a period of three months to ensure proper steps are taken to alleviate the grievance of the drug addicts.
The directive was issued in response to a PIL filed by CONE seeking contempt against the state for failing to comply with the direction of the same court issued on July 22, 2020.
CONE in the petition said the HC has given the direction in 2020 wherein CONE prayed to bring all the non-funded private Rehabilitation centres under the purview of the state government and directed them to frame specific minimum standard rules or guidelines to be followed by the non-funded private rehabilitation centres in the state of Manipur.
As per the survey conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in 2019, Manipur has got a significant proportion of injecting drug users (IDUs) estimated at 34,355 of the total population of over 28 lakh and if the other modes of drug use such as oral users, WY chasing users and alcohol user are taken into account, the number of drug users would be tripled up. But there are not enough drug rehabilitation centres in the state which are under the direct administration of the government.
CONE pointed out that there are 21 Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCAs) in the state which are state-funded and sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
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