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Action against govt officials if drug addict: HM  

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 06:15 PM, 25 June 2019   Updated: 06:17 PM, 25 June 2019

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that action will be taken against government officials and employees if they are drug addicts.

“Dope test is going to be made compulsory for government jobs,” he said this at a press conference at Home Ministry’s conference room on Tuesday noon. 

The Home Minister said, “The Prime Minister gave approval in principle. It will be implemented in phases. If government officials are drug addicts then action will be taken against them according to the law.”

“Dope tests will be done while entering government service. If the drug is found in the blood, then its application will not be accepted,” he said.  

Referring to the discussions with Myanmar on drug control, he said, “I also discussed with the head of the country’s government. They discuss a lot of things with us, but have not been fruitful.”

The minister said, “Myanmar government has been saying all the time that they are illegal. But we want to implement this saying. Because they say they are always against them, but they are not implementing.”  

Mentioning that these talks with India have been productive, the Home Minister said, “Earlier, the amount of phensidyl used to come from India, its 50 percent does not come now.”

He said, “India has been told about those who made phensidyl at Bangladesh-India border so that they do not do that work there. India is also working on that. Still, I will not say that there are now not coming. We are working in that area.” 

Meanwhile, Myanmar has been strengthened their border, the minister said adding, “The number of BGB has been increased on the border. Coastguard capacity has been increased.” 

“There are some areas on the border where cannot go without a helicopter. The Prime Minister gave permission to buy two helicopters. In general, we will establish an all-inclusive approach so that drugs do not come through the border,” he added.