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26 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 26 June, 2019 01:47:02 AM
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Home minister warns of action against drug addicts

Mandatory dope test during hiring for govt service
Special Correspondent, Dhaka
Home minister warns of action against drug addicts

Home minister Asaduzzamnan Khan Kamal has said that action will be taken against government employees in the clutch of drug addiction. “The Prime Minister has directed mandatory dope tests in the recruitment process for government jobs,” he added. He was speaking to reporters at a press briefing on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at his Secretariat office yesterday.

“We’ll implement the PM’s directive gradually,” he added. Kamal also said the authorities concerned are taking steps to stop smuggling of drugs from neighbouring countries, especially from India and Myanmar.

The home minister’s statement came at a time when the authorities concerned have identified some drug addicts in government service. Kamal, however, said the entry of phensedyl from India has declined compared to previous year.

He also said they met with the Myanmar authorities several times and requested them to take steps to stop smuggling of drugs from that country. But the Myanmar authorities are yet to take any action in this regard, he added.

The home minister said they have beefed up the border security at both India-Bangladesh and Bangladesh-Myanmar borders by deploying members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and the Bangladesh Coast Guard to stop smuggling of drugs. “We’re making serious efforts to stop drug smuggling from neighbouring countries,” he added.

Replying to a question, Kamal said some Rohingyas are involved in drug smuggling.

The authorities will make dope tests compulsory in recruiting people in government jobs, according to a circular issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on December 5 last year.

 

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