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Home minister: Dope test to be made mandatory for govt jobs

  • Published at 10:38 pm June 25th, 2019
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected

If drug is found in the blood sample of an aspirant, the government might cancel his application

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said that drug testing is going to be made compulsory for government jobs.

The decision was approved in principle by the Cabinet, he told the media at the Home Ministry on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Tuesday, reports UNB.

Asaduzzaman said: "Proper action will be taken against government officials who are drug addicts. We are introducing dope testing for government job seekers.

"If drug is found in the blood sample of an aspirant, the government might cancel his application.” 

Replying to a question, he said that the "dope test" will be applicable for all, and that the prime minister has already given her approval.

The government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy, the minister said, when asked about yaba and phensedyl smuggling.

"Yaba is coming from Myanmar, and Rohingyas are smuggling it in, risking their lives," he added.

Dhaka had talks with Nay Pyi Taw for controlling drugs, but the discussions have not been fruitful. However, talks with India have been productive, the home minister mentioned.

He continued: "The law enforcement agencies do not kill anyone. They have lists [of drug dealers] and at various times, they conduct drives. At those times, such incidents [gunfights] take place if they [law- enforcement agents] are challenged.” 

He informed that border patrol has been intensified and the capacity of coast guards has also been increased in recent times.

It was reported that last year, 119,878 cases were filed against 161,323 people during drives by the Department of Narcotics Control.