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'Nasha Mukt Bharat Andolan' launched by People's Movements from 15 States
Drug menace and liquor have cursed the Indian society for long. Women, Children and largely the society has suffered a lot and impacted the overall development of the society. A large number of crimes involve the overuse of drugs and consumption of alcohol.

There has been a continuous debate around the issue of prohibition, drug abuse and the negative social and economic consequences of it. Recent events have added fuel to the fire. There have been protests happening for long in different states of India. Largely women stood up against the menace supported by youth at many places like in Tamil Nadu. The issue has made its space in political campaigns looking its social and economic impact.

Representatives of strong people's movements came together during the National Convention on Anti-Drug and Anti-Liquor Campaign organized by National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) at Gandhi Peace Foundation and launched a united movement called "Nasha Mukt Bharat Andolan" to make the society drug and liquor free looking at people voices and their urge for the same.

According to a release by NAPM, representatives from 15 states namely, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Odisha, Gujarat, Tamilnadu, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Karnataka, and Kerala had come to the convention and discussed the present situation in their state.

With the large demands from people's movements, the convention concluded with below mentioned decisions.

·        The fight will continue under the banner of 'Nasha Mukt Bharat Andolan'

·         People's Movements and organisations of all 15 states present in the convention will join others and go ahead together to raise issues and campaign state wise.

·         A group of lawyers will start analysing the present laws and acts, and will draft a required national legislation on drug and liquor prohibition.

·        Campaign will be carried out in villages to pass the resolution in Gram Sabhas for liquor prohibition. The resolution will be collected and released timely.

NAPM has decided to send letters to Panchayats, political representatives and legislators to discuss on this in their constituency or at state or national level to address the consequences of drugs and liquor.

A nationwide Yatra has also been decided from 02nd October that will end on 12th October. The next meeting of the coordination committee will be held on 31st July in Barwani, Madhya Pradesh and will be hosted by Narmada Bachao Andolan.

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