Churches in Manipur pledge to fight poppy plantation

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Imphal: The churches and the christians at large in Manipur, under the aegis of All Manipur Christian Organization (AMCO), have collectively resolved and made a declaration to fight against the drug menace and poppy cultivation in Manipur.

The pledge was taken in a discussion on “Drug Problems in Manipur: The Church Response (Impact, Strategy and Resolution”) hosted by AMCO in Imphal on Friday.

The event made a declaration that “The Church, under the aegis of AMCO, made a collective pledge based on Christian faith, Biblical ethics and values to extend unstinted support to the Government of Manipur, organizations, churches and individuals who relentlessly work for the eradication of abuse of psychotropic substance and poppy cultivation in our state.”

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The AMCO also re-affirmed solidarity to all the stakeholders and prayed for the success of this noble cause.

The declaration added that the church, with all their resources and capabilities, will persistently work for the eradication of abuse of psychotropic substances and poppy cultivation in the state and discourage receiving revenue from such sources.

The church, in collaboration with all stakeholders, will unstintingly address the abuse of psychotropic substances and its menace and work for the same at the grassroots level without any prejudice in the larger interest for an enduring future, it added.

While mentioning the declaration, the AMCO, in a press release, also made a fervent appeal to all those individuals involved in the nefarious activity/trade to refrain from further indulgence in order to save thousands of precious human lives and the degrading ecosystem as well for the common survival.

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The AMCO also reiterated its clarion call upon every church, christian, civil society organisations, NGOs, and concerned individuals to take all necessary initiatives to fight against the abuse of psychotropic substances and poppy cultivation to enable a drug-free Manipur.
 Meanwhile, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday appreciated the All Manipur Christian Organization (AMCO) while welcoming a collective pledge to join the fight against drug menace and poppy cultivation in the state in support of the state government’s war on drugs campaign.

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Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, in his Twitter handle, welcomed and appreciated the AMCO for taking a collective pledge to join the fight against drug menace and poppy cultivation in the state in support of the state government’s war on drugs campaign.

“With the church authorities joining hands to work at the grassroots level in the larger interest of the future of Manipur, I am confident that the state will soon be completely free of drugs,” Biren Singh wrote.

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