This Ministry of Social
Justice & Empowerment implements a "Central Sector Scheme of Assistance
for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse" under which
financial assistance is provided to Non-Governmental Organizations
(NGOs), Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)
etc for, inter-alia, running and maintenance of Integrated
Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCAs). An IRCA ordinarily has a 15
bedded facility to cope with the clients at any given time. Centres with
bed capacity of 30 and 50 are also sanctioned in special cases on
recommendation of the States/UTs on the basis of credibility and
performance of the NGO during the previous three years. At present 428
Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCAs) are supported by
this Ministry. The State-wise no. of drug de-addiction and
rehabilitation centres supported by the Ministry under the Scheme is at
annexure. No incidence regarding harassment in any de-addiction centre
supported by this Ministry has been reported so far.
The Ministry has started online processing of proposals from the
financial year 2014-15 for sanctioning of grant to NGOs under the above
Scheme. The online NGO portal of this Ministry has been integrated with
the NITI Aayog portal for validation of Unique ID of the NGOs and their
PAN details. The proposal of NGO for release of grant in aid are
considered in the Ministry only after it is inspected and recommended by
the State Government. The Ministry, in addition, has made the following
interventions for inspection and improving the functioning of
de-addiction centres in the country:
I. Bureau Heads and Divisional Heads in the Ministry have been
designated as nodal officers for States/UTs for inspecting the projects.
II. The Ministry designates an NGO of repute with adequate experience
and consistently good track record as Regional Resource and Training
Centre (RRTC) for each State following the procedure prescribed by it.
These RRTCs also carry out inspections and monitoring of IRCAs.
III. A Manual of Minimum Standards has been developed to bring about
Standardization and quality control in Services being delivered under
the Scheme. The Manual delineates the objects of each activity under the
Scheme, the minimum expected inputs and outputs, the responsibilities of
each functionaries, the physical environment of the centre, the rights
of the clients and duties of the staff.
IV. The National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), an autonomous body
under this Ministry has initiated the process of accreditation of IRCAs
on pilot basis through National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and
Health Care Providers (NABH).
V. Issued a detailed advisory on 11.8.2016 to all the States/UTs for
combating drug abuse which, inter-alia, includes devising Action Plan to
tackle the problem of drug abuse and for monitoring and inspection of
all de-addicting centres annually.
This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and
Empowerment Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.