The Hush Post: A days after Punjab government recommended death penalty for drug peddlers and smugglers and dope test for government employees, today MLAs of three main political parties of Punjab came forward offering their dope test to set an example.
The first to offer dope test among ministers was Tript Rajinder Bajwa. He even reached a hospital to get his dope test conducted but due to health issues, the doctor declined to carry out the test. However, Aman Arora of the Aam Aadmi Party AAP became the first MLA to get his dope test conducted.
Among others seeking dope test for MLAs are former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and AAP MLA HS Phoolka.
Yesterday, Capt. Amarinder Singh had made it mandatory for all its employees, including the police personnel, to undergo dope tests through every stage of the service.
In the meanwhile, the chief minister has asked his chief secretary to work out the modalities and have the necessary notification issued.
In a tweet, the CM said, “We’ve decided to go for dope tests for all govt. employees, including policemen, as part of our fight against drugs. I’ve asked the chief secretary to work out modalities for screening of employees at the time of recruitment, promotion and annual medical examination where applicable.”
Capt Amarinder Singh has made dope test mandatory for all recruitments as well as promotions in various government departments. The drug screening would also be made “a mandatory part of the Annual Medical examination of all civilian/police employees of the Punjab government, wherever prescribed”, said an official spokesperson.
The orders came on the day when the Chief Minister formally communicated his Cabinet’s recommendation to the Centre, seeking amendment to the NDPS Act to provide for death penalty for first-time offenders too.
He had yesterday, in a video message, issued a strict warning to drug smugglers and peddlers to give up their nefarious activities or face stringent action. “Enough is enough”, he had said.