The central government launched a website for its Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan (NMBA), a campaign against substance abuse, on Saturday to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The website was launched by Social Justice and Empowerment minister Thawaarchand Gehlot in the presence of ministers of state Krishan Pal Gurjar, Ramdas Athawale and Ratan Lal Kataria.
Raising concerns over the issue of drug addiction, Gehlot said that as per the National Comprehensive Survey conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, there are more than 60 million drug users in the country, of which a large number are in the age group of 10-17 years.
"There are more than 500 voluntary organisations across the country which are assisted financially under the National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction scheme of the ministry," he said.
These NGOs have been actively involved in the implementation of the drug-free India campaign, the minister said.