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With cases of drug abuse on the rise, especially among children, the cases pertaining to drug addiction has caused a menace in the entire Northeast Indian region. While efforts are on to tackle this, merely punishing the drug peddlers and putting them behind bars is not effective in solving this menace. Therefore in order to target the grassroot level of this problem, the Anti-Narcotics Cell, Jowai in Meghalaya has come out with a creative initiative known as 'Positive Addiction Campaign' with the theme 'Futsal for Change'. The event will be held on February 10 and 11 at U Kiang Nangbah Stadium, Jowai
Speaking to TNT-The Northeast Today, the Anti Narcotics Cell, Jowai expressed their concern over the increasing cases of drugs and substance abuse and how important it is for them to adopt creative ways and means to tackle this, apart from the conventional means that does not seem to benefit the society in the long run.
"There has been a drastic increase in the number of children falling prey to this menace and hence it becomes important to convert their negative addiction pertaining to drugs to positive addiction to activities such as sports, football in this case", informed sources.
A major attraction of this 2 day campaign will be a Futsal match which will be played by 32 teams, each with a team of 10 players, including 5 substitute players of which 4 players should mandatorily be under the age of 14 years. Three promising players of the Futsal tournament will be provided with free education up to Class 10 at North Liberty School, Jowai while also being enrolled for the grass root programme with the Niaw Wasa Football Club, Jowai. Winners will also receive cash prizes, trophies and awards as a gesture of acknowledgement.
Besides the sports tournament, the two day event will also showcase auto expo fest, food courts, music, games, dance and many more exciting recreational activities for spectators. For more information pertaining to the event, one may contact 09856040412.