Written by Staff Writer
02 Aug, 2016 | 7:49 pm
A series of projects are in effect under the Presidential Task force to create a country free of drugs, liquor and cigarettes under the manifesto Compassionate or Maithri Governence – a stable country.
The task force points out that one third of the income earned by people living below the poverty line, is spent on alcohol and tobacco.
The presidential task force states that 22 percent of funds allocated for the health sector in the country is spent on those suffering from alcohol and tobacco-related illnesses.
In a bid to minimise such costs, and more importantly to protect the human resources in the country, the Presidential Task Force is conducting a series of projects and campaigns.
The main aim of the Presidential Task Force is to reduce the manufacturing, transportation and marketing of illicit drugs by 80 percent by 2020.Reducing the manufacturing of tobacco by 50 percent within this time period, and also reducing the number of motor accidents caused due to drunk driving by 50 percent by 2020, are objectives of the Presidential Task Force.
The project implemented by the Presidential Task Force, includes the prohibition of direct or indirect promotion of drugs, reducing the availability of such products and conducting extensive public awareness campaigns on the harm caused due to the use of drugs, liquor and cigarettes.
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