You are here:  / Travel & Tourism / During 2012-13, a study was conducted by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) under the Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of AIIMS titled “Assessment of Pattern, Profile and Correlates of Substance use among children in India”. The main outcome of the study conducted by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) AIIMS, New Delhi are: · Tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, inhalants, pharmaceutical opiods, inject-able, heroin and prescription drugs/sedatives are the major substance of abuse amongst children. · Alcohol is used by school going children whereas inhalants, heroin and cannabis were more common among out of school children · There is high prevalence of inhalant abuse amongst street children · Substance abuse initiation begins at the age of nearly 12 years · Substance abuse is not uncommon amongst girls children especially use of tobacco, alcohol and inhalants · Quitting substance abuse is a problem due to factors like carving, peer pressure, easy availability, withdrawals, stress and survival necessity. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment implements a “Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse” which provides financial assistance to eligible Non-Governmental Organizations, Panchayati Raj Institution, Urban Local Bodies etc for running Integrated Rehabilitation Centres of Addicts (IRCAs) to provide composite/integrated services for the rehabilitation of addicts including child/adolescent drug users. The IRCAs provide the following services: (i) Preventive Education and Awareness generation (ii) Identification of addicts and motivational counselling to avail the services of IRCA (iii) Detoxification and Whole Person Recovery (iv) After care and follow-up (v) Care and support to the families of addicts and social re-integration of the addicts. On an average about 250 IRCAs are assisted each year by this Ministry. This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

During 2012-13, a study was conducted by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) under the Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of AIIMS titled “Assessment of Pattern, Profile and Correlates of Substance use among children in India”. The main outcome of the study conducted by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) AIIMS, New Delhi are: · Tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, inhalants, pharmaceutical opiods, inject-able, heroin and prescription drugs/sedatives are the major substance of abuse amongst children. · Alcohol is used by school going children whereas inhalants, heroin and cannabis were more common among out of school children · There is high prevalence of inhalant abuse amongst street children · Substance abuse initiation begins at the age of nearly 12 years · Substance abuse is not uncommon amongst girls children especially use of tobacco, alcohol and inhalants · Quitting substance abuse is a problem due to factors like carving, peer pressure, easy availability, withdrawals, stress and survival necessity. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment implements a “Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse” which provides financial assistance to eligible Non-Governmental Organizations, Panchayati Raj Institution, Urban Local Bodies etc for running Integrated Rehabilitation Centres of Addicts (IRCAs) to provide composite/integrated services for the rehabilitation of addicts including child/adolescent drug users. The IRCAs provide the following services: (i) Preventive Education and Awareness generation (ii) Identification of addicts and motivational counselling to avail the services of IRCA (iii) Detoxification and Whole Person Recovery (iv) After care and follow-up (v) Care and support to the families of addicts and social re-integration of the addicts. On an average about 250 IRCAs are assisted each year by this Ministry. This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

Indian Railways take various measures to improve the quality of its services. This is a continuous process.

• In the area of passenger amenities there has been significant improvement in the level of passenger amenities provided at stations over the years. Comprehensive norms for provision of passenger amenities at various stations already exist including escalators and lifts are being provided at important railway stations.

• Ticketing facilities/services have been expanded, upgraded, diversifies and made more user-friendly. This is a dynamic process.

• It is the continuous endeavour of India railways to provide good quality hygienic food to railway passenger. Improvement in the quality of catering services is an on-going process. A mechanism for monitoring and supervision has been put in place by deploying railway personnel, who check quality and hygiene through regular, surprise and periodical inspections and take corrective action. Catering Services Monitoring Cell with a toll number 1800-111-321 at national level has been set up for real time redressal of complaints. Similar monitoring cell are also functioning on zonal railways. A transparent contract awarding, management and monitoring procedure has been defined to ensure quality covering provision of Third party audit of quality and mandatory ISO (Indian Standards Organization) certification of Base Kitchens.

• Every year new trains are introduced taking into consideration demands in various sectors of the country within the resources available. The demand analysis is based on waiting lists in various sectors of the country, representation made by public representatives, etc. Accordingly, new trains including Special trains, Premium trains, Jansadharan express, Ladies Special suburban services, etc. are introduced. New coaches such as more and more LHB coaches, double decker coaches, etc., are also inducted into the system.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.