Clearance of dope test mandatory for joining Punjab government service

Chandigarh/August 14 (NG News)
In a bid to curb the entry of drug users in state government services, Punjab government on Thrusday made it mandatory to clear dope test before joining service in any government department of the state.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took this decision in a high level meeting to review the arrangements for drug de-addiction and rehabilitation of drug addicts in the state. “Necessary amendments must be made in the existing rules to incorporate necessary provisions in them for ensuring that any person selected for the government service must clear the ‘Dope Test’ during his Medical test,” Badal said.

The Chief Minister that if the report of ‘Dope Test’ of any aspirant was found negative then he/she must be debarred from joining the government service. “This step would not only encourage the youth to shun away the menace of drugs but it would also ensure that Healthy officers/officials join the service in the future. This is the need of the hour so as to combat the menace of drugs in a more effective manner,” Badal said.

He also asked the Divisional Commissioners present in the meeting to personally visit the Drug de-addiction centers falling in their jurisdiction to have first hand information about the working of these centers. He said that effective monitoring of these centers was very important so that drug addicts could be imparted quality treatment and diagnostic facilities.

Badal asked the officers to ensure that rather than being a mere formality these meetings should be result oriented. The Chief Minister also asked the officers to appoint a Nodal Officer to monitor the day-to-day functioning of these centers besides maintaining proper record for this. He said that this officer must compile the weekly report regarding the working of these centers and submit it to the officers of the state government at Chandigarh.

The Chief Minister also asked the officers of the state government to explore the feasibility of maintaining a centralized database of the all the drug de-addiction centers so as to check the misuse of medicines by the drug addicts. He said that the Drug addicts undergoing treatment at these centers must be issued identity proofs so as to ensure that they could not avail the medical treatment from more than one center.

Badal asked his Technical Advisor Lieutenant General (Retd) BS Dhaliwal to negotiate the terms and conditions with the NBCC to construct the Rehabilitation Centers at the earliest so that drug addicts could be brought back into the mainstream.