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Dhaka, Friday   13 December 2019

Dope tests for private job

 Salah Uddin Chowdhury

 Published: 09:32 PM, 16 November 2019  

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Private job aspirants also go through the dope test (drug test). If anyone proven drug addict, he/she will be disqualified after the written tests. The process has already begun. Besides, dope test is also being started in the transport sector.

Meanwhile, government employees who will be suspected of addiction have to face this test. If proven, he/she will be brought under severe punishment.

The list of selected candidates for government and private jobs is being sent daily to the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) at Tejgaon in the capital.

In October this year, a total of 713 people were tested and 4 were found dope positive.

A list of dope tests was sent to the DNC in the recruitment test of Rural Electricity, an intelligence agency, DESCO, Mitford Hospital and a private bank in early November.

It is learned that currently, dope tests are being done through urine tests in six phases which will detect if a person has taken any drug in the last 10 days. It costs Tk 900 per test.

Besides, the saliva test reports one's last 7 days, blood tests report for last 2 months, hair examination reports last 12 months and spinal fluid test reports if anyone has taken the drug in the last 5 years. The tests will be implemented in step by step, sources said.

However, dope tests are being performed by urine tests in the Strip Test method at DNC. DNC needs sufficient equipment for more advanced testing. A request for allocation has been made for this.

Recently, a letter from DNC's Central Drug Addiction Treatment Center for the dope test laboratory was issued. It says urine tests are currently being done only through strip test method. It is very needed to purchase at least one automatic urine analyzer on an urgent basis for implementation of Section 24 (4) of the Narcotics Act, 2018. The cost of the machine is estimated at around Tk 2.5 crore. An application was made to the Directorate General of Directorate for the allocation of Tk 2.70 crore.

Meanwhile, DNC sources said that a decision was taken to test dope if any of the government employees suspected drug addicts. Although not included in the rules. If the results are positive, he/she will have to receive various types of departmental penalties, including resignation, reduction of increments or closure.

Assistant chemical examiner of the DNC's Central Chemical Laboratory Shafiqul Islam Sarkar told Daily Bangladesh that the new law was an exemplary step. As a result, no more drug addicts will be found in the government-private sector in the country within the next 10 years. 

Referring to the lack of adequate equipment for dope tests, he said that since the government has zero tolerance for drugs, it is expected that these problems will be resolved quickly.

The forensic expert added that now not only the government but also various private organizations are doing dope tests before hiring staff, which is very positive.

DNC Director General Jamal Uddin Ahmed told Daily Bangladesh that dope test rules are in the final stages. Referring to whether the dope test is correct in the strip test method, he said that initially, it is okey.  

In response to another question, he said that the dope test will be made compulsory in all government and autonomous institutions. However, dope tests have not yet been made compulsory for government employees. This will be done gradually. 

He said the government officials and employees of Khulna district administration had done the dope test spontaneously. He praised such initiatives.

Dhaka Road Transport Association President Khandaker Enayet Ullah said that although dope test for drivers is supposed to start from December 1, it will have to be postponed due to the new road law. If the law is fully implemented, the number of vehicles on the road will be reduced and dope tests will have a serious impact on the transport sector. So despite all the preparations, the dope test program has been postponed. He did not mention when it would be launched.