Chandigarh: Days after he ordered a dope test on all the government employees and police personnel, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday issued a clarification. The Congress leader, in a bid to pacify the anger among employees, said that those found positive in the test would neither be sacked nor punished. The Punjab CM further clarified that the identity of such workers would not be disclosed and they would be provided treatment.
In fact, the CM said the Punjab government will also bear the finances for the treatment of those addicted to drugs. Singh, meanwhile, ordered the chief secretary to design standard operating procedures and other guidelines to conduct a dope test on workers. As per an official spokesman, the Punjab CM also ordered a number of steps to be taken for expanding the government’s efforts to guarantee stringent enforcement of the drug laws.
Singh also sought better systems in place for prevention, de-addiction and rehabilitation of the drug addicts. The Punjab government’s decision for mandatory dope test on all its employees had faced condemnation from various quarters.
The CM, meanwhile, said the government will ensure the implementation of the Enforcement-De-Addiction-Prevention (EDP) strategy in a bid to root out the Punjab drug menace. In a bid to achieve this purpose, the SHOs have been made accountable for eliminating menace from the villages that fall in their respective areas.
The SDMs and DSPs too will be held responsible to ensure drug-free areas. CM Singh also called for speeding up pending drug-related cases. Amarinder Singh also called for an increase in the outpatient opioid treatment programme.