List of National Awards for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse 2013

New Delhi June 24, 2013: In order to recognise the efforts and encourage excellence in the field of prevention of substance abuse and rehabilitation of its victims, Government of India has instituted the Scheme of National Awards for outstanding services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse.

The scheme for the National Awards for outstanding services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse was notified on 31st December, 2012. Nominations were invited by publishing advertisements in the newspaper and writing letters to all the State/UT Governments, concerned Ministries and all the District Collectors. The last date for receipt of nominations was 28th March, 2013.

As per the provision of the Scheme of National Award, a Screening Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Additional Secretary for short listing of nominees in different categories of National Awards to ensure objective selection of the awardees in the context of nature of the award and relative merit. A National Selection Committee under the chairmanship of Hon'ble Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment considered the recommendation of the Screening Committee and approved the names of the awardees. Under 3 categories i.e. Best Educational Institution, Best Research or Innovation and Outstanding individual achievement by a professional, the jury did not find any nomination suitable for the National Awards. The list of the awardees is given as under:

List of Awardees of National Awards for outstanding services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse, 2013

S. No. - Category of Award - Name of Institution/Individual

I. Institutional Category

1. Best Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA) - The Youth Development Organization (YDO), Sagolband Tera Bazar, Imphal, Manipur-795001

2. Best Regional Resource Training Centre (RRTC) T. T. Ranganathan Clinical Research Foundation (TTK Hospital), IV Main Road, Indira Nagar, Chennai-600020, Tamil Nadu

3. Best Panchayati Raj Institution or Municipal Body - Gram Panchayat, Chharba, Vikas Khand- Sahaspur, Tehsil- Vikasnagar, Dehradun

4. Best Non-Profit Institution - Central Young Mizo Association (NGO), Central YMA Office, Tuikhuahtlang, Aizawl, Mizoram- 796001

5. Best Awareness Campaign - Nehru Yuva Kendra Thoubal, Ground Floor, North Wing, Mini Secretariat, Thoubal, Manipur-795138.

II. Individual Category

6. Outstanding individual achievement by a non-professional - DR. Anil Awachat , Muktangan Mitra, "KRISHNA Ptrakar Nagar, Off Senapati Bopat Road, Pune- 411016

7. Outstanding Achievement by former Addict - Shri Soram Ratan Singh, C/o Nagampal Soram, Leikai, Distt. Imphal (West), State- Manipur , PIN-795004

The First National Awards for outstanding services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism & Substance (Drug) Abuse will be conferred by the Hon'ble President of India to the awardees in a function to be held in Vigyan Bhawan on 26th of June, which has been declared as the "International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking".

The National Award function will be presided over by Kumari Selja, Minister for Social Justisce & Empowerment. Shri Porika Balram Naik, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Manikrao Hodlya Gavit, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Secretary Shri Sudhir Bhargava, senior officials of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, other Government of India Ministries/Departments, State Government Officials, NGOs, National and International organisations working in this field, professionals & experts will also attend the function.

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