Government Launches Prahari Portal to Combat Drug Abuse Among Children

New Delhi, June 30

In a significant move to protect children from drug and substance abuse, the Government of India has launched the “Prahari Portal,” a robust monitoring system aimed at preventing the sale of contraband around schools and raising awareness among students and teachers.

The portal was unveiled by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, as part of the Joint Action Plan to combat the drug menace among youngsters.

Key Features of the Prahari Portal

The Prahari Portal is designed to create a comprehensive monitoring system to curb the sale of drugs near educational institutions. It aims to involve various stakeholders, including students, teachers, parents, and law enforcement agencies, in a united effort to tackle drug abuse. The initiative also includes the formation of Prahari Clubs, which will play a pivotal role in educating and mobilizing the school community against drug abuse.

National Review and Consultation Meeting

The launch event also featured a national review and consultation meeting organized by the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). This meeting marked the implementation of the Joint Action Plan, titled “A War Against Drugs,” which seeks to bring about a paradigm shift in preventing drug and substance abuse among children. The plan involves all relevant stakeholders, including government agencies, media, parents, and duty bearers, to play their roles in protecting children from drugs.

Government’s Commitment to a Drug-Free Nation

Union Minister Nityanand Rai praised the Joint Action Plan and highlighted the government’s zero-tolerance policy towards drugs and terrorism. He emphasized the importance of protecting the youth, who make up 59 percent of the population, as they are the future leaders of a developed India. Rai also mentioned the empowerment of the Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), and Assam Rifles to file FIRs against those involved in drug trafficking and detailed the comprehensive measures being taken to eradicate the drug trade.

Recognizing Exemplary Efforts

During the event, thirty District Magistrates were honored for their exemplary implementation of the Joint Action Plan. Rai urged them to share their models and experiences with other districts to ensure effective nationwide action against drugs. He assured full support from the Ministry of Home Affairs for NCPCR’s efforts in protecting children from drugs.

Collaborative Efforts for a Drug-Free India

NCPCR Chairperson Shri Priyank Kanungo reiterated the commitment to safeguarding the youth and emphasized that protecting children from drugs is crucial to realizing the Prime Minister’s vision of a developed India. He acknowledged the collaborative effort in developing the Joint Action Plan, which consolidates existing policies and effective laws to contribute to the mission for a Drug-Free India.

Sachin Jain, Deputy Director of NCB, discussed the agency’s role and efforts in protecting children from drugs. He stressed the need for joint efforts and the significance of Prahari Clubs as an effective body for safeguarding children from drug abuse.

Nationwide Involvement

Representatives from 33 states and Union territories shared their steps taken under the Joint Action Plan and efforts to protect children from drugs. This collaborative approach ensures that the fight against drug abuse is a united and concerted effort across the nation.


The launch of the Prahari Portal marks a significant stride in the fight against drug abuse among children. By involving various stakeholders and creating a robust monitoring system, the government aims to ensure that educational institutions remain safe spaces for learning and growth. This initiative is a critical step towards realizing a drug-free India, where the future generation can thrive without the menace of substance abuse.

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