Shillong Dorbar Shnongs to Form Village Defence Parties to Combat Drug Menace

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Shillong, June 7: Over 60 dorbar shnongs of greater Shillong have unanimously agreed to constitute village defence parties (VDPs) to assist the government in the fight against the drug menace in Meghalaya.

The dorbar shnongs have also been asked to submit their suggestions on the proposed amendment to The Meghalaya Village Defence Organisation Rules, 2008 within three weeks to one month’s time.

The decision was taken at a consultative meeting chaired by Social Welfare minister Paul Lyngdoh on anti-drug initiatives and the constitution of the VDPs with the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and Members of District Councils (MDCs) and the dorbar shnongs of the greater Shillong area at the State Convention Centre, Shillong here on Friday.

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Addressing the media, Lyngdoh said, “The first initiative that the various stakeholders have agreed upon is the reconstitution of VDP, which has been active in combating crimes, especially in rural areas but in the context of controlling drugs menace and the spread of narcotics, today we have decided that various dorbar shnongs would prepare themselves to constitute these VDPs.”

“To begin with we have to start by revisiting the various rules that were last framed in 2008, so it has been a long time gapand we would certainly need to update those rules in view of growing and changing challenges. S

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