The Government has launched the project “The Mother of the Land Fund Village in Celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 80th Birthday” in an effort to fight narcotic drugs.
The project was launched on 8 June 2012 by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who also presided over the opening of a workshop to step up anti-drug operations in the next four months.
The objective was to provide villages and communities nationwide with funds under the Mother of the Land Fund Village Project, which would empower them to ease the drug situation. The launching of the project was also meant to commemorate the 80th birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen on 12 August 2012.
It will also allow people from all walks of life to show gratitude to Her Majesty the Queen, who is recognized as the Mother of the Land. Concerned about the drug problem, Her Majesty has donated her personal funds to the Office of the Narcotics Control Board to support the operations of anti-drug volunteers.
Prime Minister Yingluck said that the Government is ready to support the Mother of the Land Fund Village Project, so that it would spread all over the country, thus bringing the drug problem under control.
She emphasized drug prevention and control in accordance with the national anti-drug strategy, known as the “Force of the Land to Defeat the Drug Problem.” The strategy is part of the Government’s anti-drug drive, which kicked off in September 2011, as part of the national agenda.
The drug problem has also been raised as a regional issue to be tackled jointly by ASEAN members, which are moving toward a drug-free ASEAN by 2015. Prime Minister Yingluck stressed the need to continue proactive anti-drug operations. In particular, drug addicts are regarded as patients and will be encouraged to receive treatment and rehabilitation on a voluntary basis. This would reduce drug demand in the country.
At the same time, serious action will be taken against drug producers and dealers. Emphasis would be placed on anti-drug campaigns in villages and communities, while vulnerable groups, especially young people, would be prevented from getting involved with narcotics.
She believed that the serious anti-drug campaign in the next four months, from June to September 2012, would lead to a success in dealing with the drug situation. The Prime Minister called on all sectors of Thai society, including civil society, educational institutions, and religious groups, to work in an integrated manner to fight the drug menace.
The Government has set a target to bring 400,000 drug addicts to receive rehabilitation by 2012. About 280,000 have so far joined the rehabilitation program.