RRTC received National Award 2014 for outstanding work and contribution in the field of Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Regional Resource and Training Center (RRTC West)


A workshop was conducted by RRTC West Zone for the ward boys and nurses. Here are photos.

Workshop for ward boys and nurses

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment established a National Center for Drug Abuse Prevention (NCDAP) to serve as an apex body for training, research and documentation in the field of alcoholism and drug demand reduction.

In the year 1999, Ministry designated NGOs of repute and adequate experience and consistently good track as Regional Resource & Training Center (RRTC). Eight such RRTCs were established to mentor 400 + Government aided Rehabilitation Centers for Addicts (IRCA) across India.

These RRTCs are:

  1. RRTC NE – I based in Imphal, Manipur
  2. RRTC NE – II based in Kohima, Nagaland
  3. RRTC NE – III based in Aizwal, Mizoram
  4. RRTC EAST – I based in Kolkata, West Bengal
  5. RRTC EAST II – based in Kolkata, West Bengal
  6. RRTC SOUTH  – based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  7. RRTC WEST  – based in Pune, Maharashtra
  8. RRTC NORTH – based in New Delhi

The opinion of RRTC is considered by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment for the release of grant-in-aid to IRCA.

Muktangan Mitra manages RRTC – WEST Zone 1 and has got 93 IRCA in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Goa, Damn & Diu under its jurisdiction.

The role of RRTCs consists of, but not limited to:

  1. Minimum yearly visit to IRCA to understand the issues & problems
  2. Function as a mentoring agency, a trusted guide
  3. Based on assessment of visit, provide training required in the particular field
  4. Compliance of documents as per the “Minimum Standard of Care” as set by NISD and RRTCs
  5. Networking and convergence of resources
  6. Conduct certificate courses related to counseling issues & skills, documentation, nurses & ward boys, drug & alcohol prevention, micro credit, HIV, harm reduction, livelihood options, rehabilitation & relapse prevention, outreach planning, sensitization of inspecting officers from Government etc.

The state of Maharashtra has got a total of 59 IRCA and demographically there distribution in various regions is as follows:

  1. Vidarbha: 16 IRCA
  2. Marathawada: 15 IRCA
  3. Khnadesh: 08 IRCA
  4. South Maharashtra: 06 IRCA
  5. Central Maharashtra: 06 IRCA
  6. Pune: 01 IRCA

And the rest of IRCA are scattered across the state.

As per latest statistics from the Ministry there are now 433 + IRCAs and there has been formation of 3 new RRTCs:

  1. RRTC SOUTH II – based in Kerala
  2. RRTC WEST II – based in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
  3. RRTC NORTH II – based in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Since 1999, from the time RRTCs were designated, it is an established fact that the decision has helped and enhanced the functioning of IRCAs across India.

The overall governance and functioning of IRCAs is now streamlined and result oriented. The proper guidance, training as per the requirement and right mentoring has helped IRCAs to function much better under the frame work of Minimum Standard of Care which is prepared and regularly updated by NISD and RRTCs in tandem.

RRTC West Zone 1 Office Bearers:

Name Designation
Sanjay I. Bhagat Project Coordinator
Suryakant Walke Accountant
Manvendra Jogdev Field Staff