Amarinder orders mandatory dope test of all government employees, police

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Chandigarh, July 4 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered mandatory dope test of all government employees, including police personnel, from the time of their recruitment through every stage of their service, an official said on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister has directed the Chief Secretary to work out the modalities and have the necessary notification issued in this regard, an official spokesperson said here.

“The Chief Minister has ordered drug screening to be mandatorily done in all cases of recruitment and promotions, as well as the annual medical examination that certain employees are required to undergo in accordance with the nature of their duties,” the spokesperson said.

Dope test would be made mandatory for all recruitment as well as promotions to be made by various Punjab government departments, he added.

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“The dope test would also be made a mandatory part of the annual medical examination of all civilian/police employees of the Punjab government,” he added.

The Congress government in Punjab, led by Amarinder Singh, is being questioned by the opposition parties for not doing enough to eradicate the drugs menace in Punjab despite promising to do so within four weeks of coming to power.

It has been in power in Punjab since March last year.

–IANS

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