BANGKOK, 17 April 2012 (NNT) – The Cabinet on Tuesday gave a green light to the establishment of the drug free “Mother of the Land” villages in commemoration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 80th birthday this year.
Deputy Government Sopkesman Chalitrat Chantharubeksa said the project was initiated by the National Center of Illicit Drugs Prevention and Suppression. The “Mother of the Land” villages will be set up this year to honor the Queen and support the government’s anti-drug policy. The deputy spokesman said the move is another way for people from all walks of life to show their loyalty to the Queen– by fighting against drugs together.
HM the Queen personally funds the activities of the volunteers who help the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) keep villages and communities drug-free. The “Mother of the Land” fund has been established to manage the funds. This year, there are 20-50 villages and communities in each province receiving financial assistance from the fund, with additional support from other sources such as the ONCB, the Ministry of Interior, and local administrative organizations.
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