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Welcome to the FRIDAY BALCAO

Dear Cybergaonkars on Goanet,

Friday Balcao the fortnightly discussion event to be held
on 23rd June will focus on strategies to deal with the narcotics trade
and drug addiction in Goa.

The discussion is being organised in observance of the International
Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking 26th June.

Over the last two decades there has been a steady rise in the narcotics
trade in Goa while drug addiction has also been on the increase.
However the change in the type of drugs traded as well as consumed
has been significant.

There have been many factors for the increase in the trade and the
change in the consumption pattern but life style change and tourism
stand out as the two most important ones.The large number of foreign
tourists spending important holiday time in Goa has brought with it the
dynamics of demand and supply linked to price and the capacity to pay.

From consumption of charas amongst tourists to drug addiction
due to brown sugar among local youth the situation has changed
quite dramatically. Today cocaine and synthetic drugs are also
in use.

The newspapers and the TV channels report quite regularly the
seizures of narcotics by the Police & other law enforcing agencies.
Many of these cases do not necessarily result in convictions
of those accused of being involved in the trade.

Should the narcotics trade be curbed only by the Anti-Narcotics
Cell (ANC) of the Goa Police or is there a need for the Narcotics
Control Bureau (NCB) to step in ? What is the level of intelligence
on the narcotics trade that is available with Govt. agencies keeping
in view the large number of foreign tourists involved in consuming
drugs ?

To what extent have the night beach parties contributed to the
growth of the narcotics trade ? Do domestic tourists create a demand
for narcotics ? What role can the citizen play in combating drugs in
their neighbourhoods ? What role can educational institutions
play to keep students off drugs and keep drugs off the campus ?

What specific role can PTA's, NGO's, Service Clubs, Mahila Mandals,
and heads of religious institutions play in the fight against the narcotics
trade & drug addiction in Goa ?

The Balcao discussion will cover these questions and
also evolve an agenda for action by citizens on the issue.

Friday Balcao will be from 4pm to 6pm
at the Goa Desc Resource Centre
No.11 Liberty Apartments Feira Alta,
Mapusa and is open to members of the public.

We invite you to attend the Friday Balcao event
but if you cannot attend, then please send your
views by post to FRIDAY BALCAO
Post Box 78, Mapusa 403 507
or by email to [EMAIL PROTECTED]

best wishes,

Roland Martins
Documentation + Education + Solidarity
11 Liberty Apts., Feira Alta, Mapusa, Goa 403 507
Working On Issues Of Development & Democracy

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