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Punjab Police Rules: A case of Caste and Prejudice
16.07.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*
Punjab Police Rules: A case of Caste and Prejudice



IT HAS TAKEN more than 70 years since the country achieved freedom to cast away a cloak designed by the British rulers in 1934 to identify people by caste and create a divide in society. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the governments of the two states i.e. Punjab, Haryana as well as the Union Territory of Chandigarh to ask the police forces to do away with the practice of naming castes of complainants or the accused, apart from those filed under the SC/ST Act.

The Punjab Police Rules were drawn up in 1934 and stipulated that the caste of the complainant as well as the accused must be mentioned in the First Information Reports (FIRs). The practice has been followed by the police despite the changes in outlook and circumstance.

The provision was challenged in a PIL by advocate HC Arora before the High Court which directed the police authorities in the two states to file an affidavit giving an undertaking that FIRs would not mention the caste of either the complainant or the accused. The petitioner asserted that the requirement to disclose the "caste” was in conflict with the letter and spirit of the provisions of the Constitution. He stated that the 1934 rules were framed before the Constitution came into force and should be scrapped.

He argued that other alternative forms of identification, like the Aadhaar card, house number or ward number of the accused, witness or victim should be used.
 
The petitioner objected to the document, "Prison Statistics-2000”, published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for classifying prisoners according to their caste and religion. The latest report showed that 68.9 percent of convicts in the country were Hindus while 17.7 percent were Muslims.
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The petitioner asserted that the requirement to disclose the "caste” was in conflict with the letter and spirit of the provisions of the Constitution.
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The rest belonged to other religions. It specified that 30 percent convicts were OBCs while 35 percent belonged to the General Category and 21.9 percent were from the Scheduled Tribes.

Arora further brought to the notice of the concerned bench that the Himachal Pradesh High Court, in its order dated September 16, 2016, had directed the state government to delete caste from various forms prescribed under the Police Rules.

After hearing the petitioner earlier in April 2017, the then division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court headed by Justice SS Saron had issued notices to the Punjab and Haryana governments as well as Chandigarh, which follows Punjab rules. However, affidavits were not filed for more than a year prompting Justice PB Bajanthri of the High Court, before whom the case was recently listed, to direct the home secretaries of Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab to file affidavits.
 
Asserting that the disclosure of caste was likely to hamper investigation and prejudice the officials handling the case, Justice Bajanthri asked them to specify in the affidavit whether there was any provision, except in the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, to disclose the caste of the complainant or the accused. He said: "If there is no provision, why necessary official memorandum or circular be (not) issued to the Police Department asking the jurisdiction police not to highlight the caste of the complainant or the accused while lodging the complaint/FIR etc.”

Earlier this month, both the states and the Chandigarh administration informed the High Court that they were averse to the Punjab Police Rules framed in 1934, whereby an accused, complainant, et al is required to record their caste.
 
 

 

*(The author, a freelance journalist, is a former Resident Editor of Indian Express, Chandigarh, and reported on the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir, North-Eastern India, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab in his long, illustrious career. This article was also published by IndiaLegallive.com and is being reproduced here with the due permission of the author. - Ed)

 

 

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Punjab to provide free treatment for poor drug addicts
10.07.18 - TEAM PT
Punjab to provide free treatment for poor drug addicts



CHANDIGARH, JULY 10: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today announced free treatment for poor drug addicts at all state-run de-addiction centres, and also ordered the police not to harass addicts or their families in any way.

Chairing a high-level meeting of Civil Surgeons, Medical Superintendents and Principals of the Government Medical Colleges here at Punjab Bhawan this afternoon, the Chief Minister directed his Chief Principal Secretary to ensure that the necessary funds for free treatment are immediately placed at the disposal of the concerned deputy commissioners.

If more funds were needed, he would sanction the same from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, said Amarinder Singh, while directing the Health Department to explore the possibility of seeking financial aid from reputed national and international health organizations, besides engaging with NGOs already working to fight drug abuse.

Noting that drug trafficking was an inter-state problem, of which Punjab was the biggest victim, CM said that he would personally take up the issue with the Prime Minister and urge him to intensify Centre's efforts to prevent the entry of drugs and narcotics into Punjab from the adjoining states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
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Amarinder also asked the Health Department to work out the modalities, in consultation with the Transport Department, for extending the facility of free travel to the poor drug addicts along with one attendant each in government buses for travel to the nearby de-addiction centres.
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IG (STF) informed the meeting that there was a provision under the NDPS Act for seeking funds from the Centre to supplement the State's efforts to fight the drug menace. In response, the Chief Minister asked the Health Minister to take up the issue with the Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. 

The Chief Minister also underlined the need to keep a strict vigil over the nefarious activities of some foreign students, especially of African origin, who were studying in private institutions, colleges and universities, and were reportedly into drug smuggling and peddling. He asked the management of these institutions to crack down on such students.

Responding to another demand raised in the meeting, Amarinder asked the Health Department to work out the modalities, in consultation with the Transport Department, for extending the facility of free travel to the poor drug addicts along with one attendant each in government buses for travel to the nearby de-addiction centres, on the lines of cancer patients.

The Chief Minister took serious note of reports of police probing the antecedents of drug addicts taking admission in drug-addiction centres. He directed ACS Home to issue strict orders against entry of any police official into the centres.

Amarinder Singh underscored the need to crack down on unscrupulous chemists who were openly supplying countermand drugs and medicines by flouting all the prescribed norms and asked the Health Minister to convene a meeting of chemist associations to discuss ways to put an end to such unlawful practices. However, he made it clear that genuine buyers should not be harassed in the guise of strict enforcement.
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The Chief Minister also underlined the need to keep a strict vigil over the nefarious activities of some foreign students, especially of African origin, who were studying in private institutions, colleges and universities, and were reportedly into drug smuggling and peddling.
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The Chief Minister directed the Health Department to put in place a mechanism for utilising the services of private hospitals, medical and educational institutions in the treatment of addicts by empaneling them on prescribed government rates. He also asked the department to devise a minimum protocol for medical, health and diagnostic services to be provided to the patients.

Taking part in the deliberations, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal called for humane treatment of drug addicts and urged doctors to motivate parents to get their addicted children treated without fear of social stigma. The Finance Department, he said, would extend full support to the Health Department in meeting the shortage of super speciality doctors in psychiatry.

Health Minister Brahm Mohindra had earlier informed the meeting that his department would soon recruit more psychiatrists to overcome the shortage to ensure effective and timely treatment of the addicts. He also suggested engaging the services of private players for opening OOAT-based OPD clinics.

Psychiatrist Civil Hospital Tarn Taran Dr. Rana Ranbir Singh suggested launching OEND (Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution) programme, which was extensively being implemented in US, to save the lives of hardened drug addicts.

Principal Government Medical College Patiala Dr. B S Sidhu said that synthetic drugs were far more dangerous and harmful than the natural drugs and focus should be to curb the supply chain of these artificially created drugs.

Dr. Sandeep Bhola, Incharge de-addiction centre Kapurthala, sought Rs.5 Lacs in aid for setting up a special gallery in the Pushpa Gujral Science City at Kapurthala for creating awareness amongst students about drug abuse and its prevention. The amount was immediately sanctioned by the Health Minister.

The meeting was attended, amongst others, by Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Home NS Kalsi, Additional Chief Secretary Health Satish Chandra, IG/STF R K Jaiswal, ADGP Law & Order Ishwar Singh, Managing Director Punjab State Health Systems Corporation Varun Roojam, Additional Secretary Health B Srinivasan, Director Health Services Jaspal Kaur.
 

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STOP TAKING MORAL HIGH GROUND
Sukhbir’s offer of joint action on drugs is just a political gimmick: Amarinder
07.07.18 - Team PT
Sukhbir’s offer of joint action on drugs is just a political gimmick: Amarinder



CHANDIGARH, July 7: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ridiculed Sukhbir Singh Badal’s call for de-politicising the drugs and sacrilege issue as nothing but a political gimmick to divert public attention from his own role in shamelessly allowing both to flourish during his party’s 10-year misrule.

Deriding Sukhbir Badal and his wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s desperate attempt to take the high moral ground on the issue of drugs – a problem perpetrated and perpetuated by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Chief Minister described it as a last-ditch effort by them to live down the appalling legacy they had left behind.

After ruining a whole generation of youth, Sukhbir Badal was now talking about fighting the menace together, said the Chief Minister, challenging the SAD president to cite even one instance during their regime when they had sought political consensus or taken help from the Congress on any issue, including the drug menace, which had assumed gigantic proportions under their rule. 

His government did not need the advice of a party or leadership which had been responsible, in the first place, for the mess which Punjab was struggling to tackle, said the Chief Minister, adding that he was more than capable of handling the situation on his own, with the help of his able cabinet colleagues and officers.

"We have successfully brought the state out of the fiscal chaos into which it had been plunged by the erstwhile SAD-BJP regime. We have succeeded in eliminating some of the top gangsters who had a free run under your rule. We have been able to stabilise the law and order situation and put an effective check on the sacrilege cases that were widespread during your mis-governance. And we have done all this without your advice or help, Mr. Sukhbir Badal,” the Chief Minister said in a hard-hitting statement in response to Sukhbir’s offer of joining hands with the government to fight drugs.

Dismissing Sukhbir’s suggestion of taking other parties into confidence over the steps being taken by his government to combat the drug problem, the Chief Minister said that going by the precedent set by the Akalis, as well as AAP, in the state Assembly, he would prefer not to waste his time and energies in talking to them. He added that he believed in ensuring on-ground action, which his entire government, ably supported by the STF, the Punjab Police and other agencies, had already unleashed to wipe out drugs from Punjab.

Ridiculing Sukhbir’s statement that during their rule, the Akalis fought the problem tooth and nail, the Chief Minister said the situation prevailing on the ground clearly nailed his lies. "You cannot fool the people of Punjab with your fabrications any longer,” he told Sukhbir Badal and Harsmirat Kaur.

Agreeing with Sukhbir Badal that no sensible politician would ever promote narcotics, the Chief Minister said that, unfortunately, for 10 years, the state was under the control of politicians who were far from sensible.

It was laughable that the very leadership which had left no stone unturned in destroying the state for 10 years was now trying to push the blame for its shocking failures on the Congress government, said Captain Amarinder Singh. 

On Sukhbir’s question if any Akali had been caught for drugs in the past year and a half, the Chief Minister said unlike the SAD and its ally BJP, the Congress had never believed in following a policy of vendetta against its opponents. But the moment the STF, or any of the other agencies investigating drug cases, find evidence of complicity of any Akali leader, he would personally ensure that the accused is thrown behind bars and the case against him is taken to its logical conclusion under the law, said the Chief Minister.

Captain Amarinder Singh scorned at Harsimrat’s statement that he was a `non-serious Chief Minister who doesn’t go to office.” Had she spent as much time in Delhi, where she should be considering that she was a Union Minister, as she seemed to be doing in tracking his schedule, Harsimrat might have been able to get some of the much-needed support for Punjab from the Centre, he added. From debt waiver to GST waiver on Langar, the Centre, of which Harsimrat herself is a part, had failed to deliver on any count, and it was left to his government to provide relief to the people of Punjab despite the serious financial constraints it had inherited from the erstwhile SAD-BJP regime, said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister welcomed Harsimrat to visit him in his office at his residence, from where he preferred to operate in order to get more constructive work done, so that she could see for herself how well-equipped it was to handle his demanding schedule. It was this myopic vision of the Badals, who could not see beyond the corridors of power which they loved to flaunt, that had contributed to the total failure of the SAD-BJP government, he quipped.
 

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DEATH EMBRACING LOGIC
Drugs in Punjab: Beating Donald Trump at his insanity game
06.07.18 - S Pal
Drugs in Punjab: Beating Donald Trump at his insanity game



HOW DO YOU start a conversation in times when all political parties and wide sections of civil society openly advocate that thousands of youth in the state be hanged to death without losing any time?

How do you get a handle at the narrative if the frontpage top headline of a newspaper brought out by some of the sanest minds proclaims that top politicians landing up at government-run hospitals shows their inner conscience has woken up to resolve the intractable drug problem in Punjab? "Siyastdana di jaagi zameer!

Donald Trump suddenly seems a little less maniac to me, and as the good lord knows, it was no mean feat that our politicians, civil society and media have achieved.

Even when Punjab's Amarinder Singh government is facing flak that it hasn't been acting tough against drug sellers, official statistics put the number of drug peddlers currently in jail at around 15,000. Even if half of them are convicted, the Punjab Cabinet has recommended legislative provisions to hang some 7,500 youth to death.

A day after the Cabinet made this extra-ordinary move, four top leaders of a social-media triggered movement against drugs met Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh where they completely agreed with the strong steps taken by the Punjab Government against drugs. Presumably, the strongest and the most visible was this capital sentence provision. Not one of the four has squeaked so far against the harebrained idea.
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When a government takes a step that flies in the face of all rationale, what is the role of the Opposition? To upstage the government by doing something even more stupid. At least, that's the strategy adopted by Punjab's opposition parties.
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Since the impoverished, the poor vulnerable have been falling victims to drug overdose and Chitta, the most dramatic solution that the government could think of is to send 3.07 lakh government employees to get a dope-clean certificate from the nearest government-run laboratory.

It is not clear why Punjab's grocers have not been asked to undergo a drug test? Or tea sellers? Or dhaba owners? Or tailors? After all, the only criteria seem to be rank arbitrariness and lack of application of mind or logic!

When a government takes a step that flies in the face of all rationale, what is the role of the Opposition? To upstage the government by doing something even more stupid. At least, that's the strategy adopted by Punjab's opposition parties.

A minister of the government, by all means not under the influence of any psychotropic substance, landed up at the Civil Hospital in Mohali, demanding that he be made to undergo a dope test. Not because he had been accused of consuming drugs, but just in routine. More like a long overdue dental check up. 

Instead of calling the minister's bluff, a senior leader and legislator of the Aam Aadmi Party did a similar thing. More of his colleagues are planning to follow, and the crescendo of voices is rising, some demanding that the CM and the ministers also take a dope test.

How is this exercise connected to the problem of Punjab's largely unemployed youth draining themselves of any hope and jabbing needles into their bodies? How is this voice of conscience relevant to Punjab waking up to find bodies outside in the street, drug injecting syringes hanging from the limbs?

Have we been smoking something too strong for our collective senses, if you may please excuse the pun?  

What kind of society sees a solution to a problem as complex as drugs in awarding death sentences at the first conviction to those selling the contraband, irrespective of considering any concomitant circumstances?
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Complex issues need complex solutions, and it is time our politicians started speaking to the people as if they are for real.
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A large number of Punjab's farmers have complained for years about spurious pesticides that led to huge crop losses, leading to farmers committing suicide in hundreds of cases because of this reason. Here's a solution, inspired by the collective wisdom of the Punjab government and the self-styled leaders of the civil society hailing the government's strong moves: any pesticide dealer found selling spurious pesticide should be awarded death sentence.

By the same logic, anyone found selling spurious milk should be awarded death sentence. Anyone selling a strip of spurious anti-biotic pills of course deserves the guillotine. And since we are at it, why not hang to death a bunch of teachers found repeatedly absent from duty or whose results remain below ten per cent for two years in a row? After all, such teachers are killing the future prospects of our children who then fall prey to drugs. Hey! why not just hang a couple of motorists for jumping the red light? This will solve the problem of traffic regulation in a major way, and we will save thousands of lives in Punjab.

People's movements have a way of spinning logic that appeals to common sense. Soon, we will be at that stage where a popular cry will be to hang a couple of politicians for utterly poor performance. Try making your own personal list of those you would want to see hanging from the nearest light pole.

I can go on and on, and good fun that it is, the point is simple: complex issues need complex solutions, and it is time our politicians started speaking to the people as if they are for real. 

People do not migrate because there is no wall on the US-Mexico border. They migrate because there are no jobs and no dreams. If Amarinder's latest solution works, believe me, Trump will order public hangings at deportation centres; snatching children away from moms will feel like an act of genuine kindness.

Does Punjab Police sometimes entangle people in false cases? Are there instances of courts finding that the police had falsely accused someone of involvement in drug trade? Has the Punjab Government demanded, discussed and recommended that drug sellers be given death after first conviction? Answer to all of the above is yes. Have we taken leave of all semblance of sanity? The answer seems to be the same.

One has to be a certified pot smoker to say anything like this: a) The Akalis were so bad, they created the drug problem. b) If you do not catch that one former Akali minister, you cannot control Punjab's drug problem. c) Everyone knows who sells drugs, so why not go and catch them? d) If ministers and MLAs undergo drug tests, it will reduce the number of drug-related deaths by at least one. e) Putting government employees through drug tests has anything to do with controlling the drug problem.

The fanfare with which the Black Week Movement had started ebbed within hours. No one will compose even a dirge for it. Lamenting the state of affairs in the chowk merely to sip tea in the CM's study and express complete agreement with the state power and its instrumentalities is to backstab every dead body people found in the drains.

The oversimplification of the drug issue needs to stop. It is time to tell the people that we reached here through a long route, and we need to walk back the problem by making yet another tough journey. It is a question of political approach and development model, not whether the Harpreet Singh Sidhu-led STF should be under DGP Suresh Arora or not. It is a result of our blind faith in the Green Revolution, our government's inability to stand up to pressures and allow unabated privatisation of education and health sector, our failure as a society to check the state of our schools and hospitals. 
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Have we been smoking something too strong for our collective senses, if you may please excuse the pun?
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It is our collective failure to force a politics that could give our youth a dream that we can pull ourselves out of this morass. 

A Punjab wanting to run away from itself, to the city in all cases, to a Canadian one if possible, cannot fight against an enemy that has defeated forces much mightier. 
 

You can get Amarinder Singh and Sukhbir Singh Badal walk hand in hand into a civil hospital and undergo drug tests. You can have the likes of Pali Bhupinder waive the test reports in television studios to claim all the steps taken by the government have been wonderful. You can get Prof Manjit Singh to dress in an all black attire for the next 365 days. 

It still will not save a single life.

Theatre works. Ask Shabdeesh. Take the theatre to where its subjects are, and see how and what it does to people. Ask Samuel John.  

But political drama-baazi does not work. Ask the mothers of those who they cremated with still enough drug inside their dead bodies.
 

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Comment by: Vishal Sharma

ਹੋ ਉਹੀ ਰਿਹਾ ਜਿਸ ਦਾ ਡਰ ਸੀ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵਲੋਂ ਮੁਲਾਜਮਾਂ ਦੇ ਡੋਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਕਰਵਾਉਣ ਦੇ ਐਲਾਨ ਨੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦਾ ਧਿਆਨ ਤੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਸਰਗਰਮੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਭਟਕਾਉਣਾ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਹੈ। ਸਧਾਰਣ ਮੁਲਾਜਮ ਤੋਂ ਐਮ ਐਲ ਏ ਤੇ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਤਕ ਸਿਆਸਤ ਦੀ ਬਹਿਸ ਇਸੇ ਹੀ ਮੁੱਦੇ 'ਤੇ ਕੇਂਦਰਤ ਹੋ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਇਕ ਦੂਜੇ ਨੂੰ ਸਿਆਸੀ ਠਿੱਬੀ ਲਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਇਸ ਮੁੱਦੇ ਨੂੰ ਸਿਆਸੀ ਗੇਂਦ ਵਜੋਂ ਉਛਾਲਿਆ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਇਹ ਤਕਰਾਰਬਾਜ਼ੀ ਤੇ ਬਹਿਸ ਚਿੱਟੇ ਤੇ ਇਸ ਨਾਲ ਹੋ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਮੌਤਾਂ
ਅਸਲ ਮੁੱਦਾ ਤੋਂ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦਾ ਧਿਆਨ ਭਟਕਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਉਂਝ ਸਵਾ 3 ਲੱਖ ਦੇ ਕਰੀਬ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਮੁਲਾਜਮ ਹਨ। ਜਾਣਕਾਰਾਂ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਡੋਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਦੀ ਇਕ ਕਿੱਟ 5700/- ਦੀ ਹੈ। ਸਵਾ ਤਿੰਨ ਲੱਖ ਮੁਲਾਜਮ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਟੈਸਟ 'ਤੇ 325000×5700= 1,852,500,000 ਖਰਚ ਆਉਣ ਦਾ ਅਨੁਮਾਨ ਹੈ। ਖਜ਼ਾਨੇ ਦੀ ਮੰਦਹਾਲੀ ਦਾ ਰੋਣਾ ਰੋਣ ਵਾਲੀ ਤੇ ਮੁਲਾਜਮਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਡੀ ਏ ਦੀਆਂ ਚਾਰ ਕਿਸ਼ਤਾਂ ਇਸ ਬਹਾਨੇ ਨਾਲ ਦੱਬਣ ਵਾਲੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਐਡੀ ਵੱਡੀ ਰਕਮ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਸਿਰ ਬਿਨਾਂ ਬੋਝ ਪਾਏ ਕਿਥੋਂ ਤੇ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਕਰੇਗੀ? ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਸਿਹਤਤੰਤਰ ਜਿਹੜਾ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਮੁੱਢਲੀਆਂ ਤੇ ਜ਼ਰੂਰੀ ਸਿਹਤ ਇਲਾਜ ਲੋੜਾ ਪੂਰੀਆਂ ਕਰਨ 'ਚ ਹੱਫ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਉਹ ਇਸ ਟੈਸਟ ਦਾ ਬੋਝ ਝੱਲਣ ਲਈ ਤਿਆਰ ਹੈ? ਇਸ ਲਈ ਲੋੜੀਂਦਾ ਇਨਫਰਾਸਟੱਕਚਰ ਉਸ ਕੋਲ ਹੈ? ਨਿੱਜੀ ਹਸਪਤਾਲਾਂ ਕੋਲ ਇਹ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ ਕਿੰਨਾ ਕੁ ਹੋ? ਸਾਇੰਟੇਫਿਕ ਐਕੋਰੇਟ ਰਿਜ਼ਲਟ ਦੀ ਵਿਵਸਥਾ ਲਈ ਫੁਲਪਰੂਫ ਵਿਵਸਥਾ ਲਈ ਕੀ ਵਿਵਸਥਾ ਹੈ? ਖਿਡਾਰੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਟੈਸਟ ਦੇ ਸਾਇੰਟੇਫਿਕ ਤੇ ਐਕੋਰੇਟ ਰਿਜ਼ਲਟ ਲਈ ਵਿਸ਼ਵ ਭਰ 'ਚ ਅੱਧਾ ਸੈਕੜਾ ਹੀ ਲੈਬਾਰਟਰੀਆਂ ਹਨ। ਪੰਜਾਬ ਚ ਇਹ ਕਿੰਨੀਆਂ ਤੇ ਕਿਥੇ ਹਨ?
ਸ਼ਰਾਬ ਜਿਸ ਦੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਆਪ ਮੁੱਖ ਵਿਕਰੇਤਾ ਹੈ ਜੇ ਡੋਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਚੋੰ ਇਸ ਦੇ ਲੱਛਣ ਆਉਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਤੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਗੈਰਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਜਾ ਸਕਦਾ ਜਦੋਂ ਕਿ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਵੇਚ ਕੇ ਆਪ ਹੀ ਇਸ ਦੇ ਵਪਾਰ ਤੇ ਸੇਵਨ ਨੂੰ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਮੰਨ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਹੈ?
ਉਂਝ ਵੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਐਲਾਨ ਨੇ ਮੁਲਾਜਮਾਂ ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੀਆਂ ਨੀਤੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਜਮੀਨੀ ਪੱਧਰ ਤਕ ਲਾਗੂ ਕਰਕੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਤਕ ਪਹੁੰਚਾਉਣਾ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਦਰਅਸਲ ਇਕ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਇਹੋ ਹੀ ਸਥਾਈ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਨ। ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਤੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਸ਼ਕ ਤੇ ਬੇਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ਼ੀ ਦੀ ਦੀਵਾਰ ਖੜ੍ਹੀ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਹੈ।
ਐਡੀ ਵੱਡੀ ਰਕਮ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਕਰਕੇ ਨਸ਼ਈਆਂ ਦੇ ਇਲਾਜ ਤੇ ਮੁੜਵਸੇਬੇ ਦੀ ਵਿਵਸਥਾ ਚ ਬੇਹਤਰ ਵਿਵਸਥਾ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ।

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ਜਦੋਂ ਤੱਕ ਨਸ਼ੇ ਦਾ substitute ਨਹੀਂ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਜਾਂਦਾ, ਨਾ ਫਾਂਸੀ ਹੱਲ ਹੈ, ਨਾ ਡੋਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਹੱਲ ਨੇ ਤੇ ਨਾ ਹੀ ਕੋਈ ਹੋਰ ਸਖਤਾਈ ਕਾਰਗਰ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ। ਅਤੇ ਜੇਕਰ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਹੁੱਕਮਾ ਮੁੱਤਾਬਿਕ 4 ਲੱਖ ਮੁੱਲਾਜਮਾ ਦਾ ਡੋੱਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਕਰਵਾਉਣ ਵਿੱਚ 60 ਕਰੋੜ ਦਾ ਭਾਰ ਲੋਕਾ ਤੇ ਪਉ ਉਹਣਾ ਵਿੱਚੋ 10/: ਮੱਤਲਬ 40000 ਮੁੱਲਾਜਮ ਦਾ ਫੇਲ ਆਇਆ ਤਾ ਨਵੀ ਡੱਰਗ ਕੋਰਟ ਹੋੱਦ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਉਣੀ ਪਉ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਹਿੰਦੋਸਤਾਨ ਦਾ ਪਹਿਲਾ ਡੱਰਗ ਕੋੱਰਟ ਸੂੱਬਾ ਹੋਉ ਅਤੇ ਨੱਵੀ ਜੇਲ , ਨਵੀ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੱੁਛ ਜੁਗਾੜ ਕਿੱਤੇ ਬਿਨਾ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦਾ ਹੱਵਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਹੁੱਕਮ ਹੈ | ਡਾਕਟਰਾਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਗਈ ਰਾਏ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਅਜਿਹਾ ਟੈਸਟ ਸੰਭਵ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋ ਸਕਦਾ ਕਿਉਂ ਆਮ ਡੋਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਕਿਸੇ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਵੀ ਦਵਾਈ ਖਾਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਮੁਲਾਜ਼ਮ ਦਾ ਟੈਸਟ ਪਾਜ਼ੈਟਿਵ ਆਵੇਗਾ ਅਤੇ ਉਹ ਇਕ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਰਿਕਾਰਡ 'ਚ ਨਸ਼ੇੜੀ ਬਣ ਜਾਣਗੇ! NDPS act ਦੇ Section 27 ਦੇ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀ ਤਰਾ ਦਾ ਨਸ਼ੇ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਨ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਾ ਸਜਾ ਦਾ ਭਾਗੀਦਾਰ ਹੈ ਜਿਸ ਵਿੱਚ 6 ਮਹਿਨੇ ਦੀ ਸਜਾ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ 2000 ਜੁਰਮਾਣਾ ਹੋ ਸੱਕਦਾ । ਇਹ ਸਾਰੇ ਬਿਆਨ ਬਿਨਾ ਤਿਆਰੀ ਤੋ ਲੋਕਾ ਦਾ ਧਿਆਨ ਬੱਦਲਨ ਲ਼ਈ ਹਨ ਮੈ ਕੈਪਟਨ ਸਾਬ ਦਾ ਬਹੁਤ ਵੈਲਵਿਸ਼ਰ ਹੋਣ ਦੇ ਨਾਤੇ ਸੁਝਾਅ ਦੇਣਾ ਚਾਹੁਦਾਂ ਹਾ ਕਿ ਸਿਹਤ ਮਹਿਕਮੇ ਅਤੇ ਉੱਚੇਰੀ ਸਿੱਖੀਆ ਅਤੇ ਸਿੱਖੀਆ ਦੀ ਫੋਰੀ ਮਿਟੀਂਗ ਬੁਲਾ ਕਿ ਸਕੁਲਾ ਕਾਲਜਾ ਨੂੰ ਫੋਰੀ ਤੋਰ ਤੇ ਹੁੱਕਮ ਜਾਰੀ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾਣ ਕਿ ਐਡਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਸਮੇ ਸੱਭ ਨੋਜਵਾਨਾ ਦਾ ਡੋੱਪ ਕਰਵਾਇਆ ਜਾਵੇ ਡੋਪ ਫੇੱਲ ਹੋਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਵਿੱਦੀਆਰਥਿਆ ਲਈ ਕਾਲਜਾ ਵਲੋ ਕਲਾਸਾ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਵੇ। ਪੰਚਾਇਤਾ ਦੀ ਵੀ ਜਿੰਮੇਵਾਰੀ ਤਹਿ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ MLA,s ਦੇ ਕਹਿਣ ਤੇ SSP,DSP, SHO ਨਾ ਲਾਏ ਜਾਣ ਅਤੇ ਨੰਸ਼ੇ ਦੇ ਮੱਦੇ ਤੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਦੀ ਨਾ ਸੁੱਣੀ ਜਾਵੇ , ਵੇੱਚਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਫੱੜੇ ਜਾਣ ਨਾ ਕੀ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲੇ,ਜੇੱਕਰ ਤੁੱਸੀ ਇਸ ਜੰਗ ਨੰੂ ਜਿੱਤਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਾਮਯਾਬ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹੋ ਤਾ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੀਆ ਮਾਵਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਤੇ ਸਦਾ ਲਈ ਮਾਨ ਰਹੇਗਾ

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Comment by: Giani Harbans Singh Teg

ਇਹ ਸਭ ਡਰਾਮਾਬਾਜੀ ਹੈ ਡੋਪ ਡੂਪ ਵੀ ਨਕਲੀ ਸਰਟੀਫਿਕੇਟ ਦੇਣਗੇ , ਸ਼ਿਫਾਰਸ਼ਾਂ , ਵੱਢੀ ਹੋਰ ਗੰਦ ਵਧੇਗਾ ।

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Comment by: Malvinder Singh Mali

ਇਸ ਲੇਖ ਵਿੱਚ ਬਹੁਤ ਸਾਰੇ ਅਹਿਮ ਮਾਮਲੇ ਬੁਰੀ ਤਰਾਂ ਅਸਪਸ਼ਟਤਾ ਤੇ ਘਚੋਲੇ ਵਾਲੇ ਨੇ। ਪਹਿਲੀ ਗੱਲ ਅਫ਼ੀਮ ਤੇ ਅਫ਼ੀਮੀ ਨਸ਼ਿਆ ਨੂੰ ਰਲਗੱਡ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ। ਦੂਜਾ ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਦਲਦਲ ‘ਚ ਫਸੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਤੇ ਮਾਫੀਆ ਦਾ ਰਾਜਸਥਾਨ ਤੇ ਹਰਿਆਣਾ ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਤੁਲਨਾਤਮਿਕ ਨਕਸ਼ਾ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਥਾਂ ਨਸ਼ਿਆ ਦੀ ਬਰਾਮਦਗੀ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕਰਕੇ ਜ਼ਮੀਨੀ ਹਕੀਕਤ ਨੂੰ ਸਾਹਮਣੇ ਨਹੀ ਲਿਆਂਦਾ ਗਿਆ। ਤੀਜਾ ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਸਿਆਸਤ ਤੇ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਬਲ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਪਰਬੰਧ ਨੂੰ ਅਣਗੋਲਿਆ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ। ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਠੋਸ ਹਾਲਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਕੁਦਰਤੀ ਤੇ ਸਿੰਥੈਟਿਕ ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਵਖਰੇਵਾਂ ਨਹੀ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਤੇ ਸਮੁੱਚੇ ਮਾਮਲੇ ਅੰਦਰ NDPS act ਤੇ ਉਸਦੀ ਭੂਮਿਕਾ ਨੂੰ ਛੋਹਿਆ ਹੀ ਨਹੀ ਗਿਆ । ਆਖਰੀ ਗੱਲ, ਆਦਰਸ਼ਵਾਦੀ ਸੋਚ ਦੇ ਭਾਰੂ ਹੋਣ ਕਾਰਨ ਇਹ ਲੇਖ ਕੋਈ ਸਾਰਥਕ ਸਿਆਸੀ ਸੇਧ ਦੇਣ ਦੇ ਸਮਰੱਥ ਨਹੀ ਹੈ। ਇੱਥੋਂ ਤੱਕ ਕਿ ਕਈਆਂ ਦੀ ਸਮਝ ਬਾਰੇ ਹਕੀਕੀ ਦੀ ਥਾੰ ਮੰਤਕੀ ਜਾਇਜ਼ੇ ਤੇ ਟਿੱਪਣੀਆਂ ਕੀਤੀਆ ਗਈਆਂ ਹਨ ਜੋ ਨਿੱਜੀ ਹੋਣ ਕਾਰਨ ਮੈਂ ਚਰਚਾ ਦਾ ਵਿਸ਼ਾ ਨਹੀ ਬਣਾਉਣਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦਾ।
ਹੇਠਾਂ ਪੜੋ ਸਬੰਧਤ ਲੇਖ , ਲੇਖਕ ਹਨ ਮੇਰੇ ਬਹੁਤ ਹੀ ਸਤਿਕਾਰਤ ਸੱਜਣ ਡਾ: ਪਿਆਰਾਂ ਲਾਲ ਗਰਗ ਸਾਹਿਬ , ਜਿਹਨਾ ਦੀ ਲੋਕ ਹਿੱਤਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਪ੍ਰਤੀਵੱਧਤਾ,ਇਮਾਨਦਾਰੀ ਤੇ ਜੀਵਨ ਜਾਂਚ ਮੇਰੇ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਰਨਾ ਬਣੀ ਹੋਈ ਹੈ। ਬੇਨਤੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਚਰਚਾ ਵਿਚਾਰਕ ਮਾਮਲਿਆਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਹੀ ਸੰਜਮੀ ਤੇ ਦਲੀਲ ਪੂਰਬਕ ਹੋਵੇ। ਨਿੱਜੀ ਤੋਹਮਤ ਵਾਲੀ ਟਿੱਪਣੀ ਤੁਰੰਤ ਮੇਟ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ। ਅਗਾਊਂ ਹੀ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ ਸੰਭਾਵਿਤ ਸਹਿਯੋਗ ਵਾਸਤੇ ... ।

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Comment by: ਡਾ ਪਿਆਰਾ ਲਾਲ ਗਰਗ

ਮਾਲੀ ਜੀ ਦਾ ਆਪਣਾ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਹੈ । ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਬਾਬਤ ਦੋ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਚੱਲ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ , ਇੱਕ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਇਸਦਾ ਹੱਲ ਹੈ ਕਾਨੂੰਨ ਤੇ ਤਕਨੀਕ ਨੂੰ ਤਕੜਾ ਤੇ ਚੁਸਤ ਦਰੁਸਤ ਕਰਕੇ , ਜਿਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਜਾਇਦਾਦ ਜਬਤ ਕਰਨ ਤੇ ਸਜਾਏ ਮੌਤ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਵਾਧਾਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ , ਅਤੇ ਇੱਕ ਚੈਨਲ ‘ਤੇ ਤਾਂ ਜਿੰਮੇਵਾਰ ਵਿਅਕਤੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਭੀੜ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਕੁੱਟ ਕੇ ਮਾਰ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਜਾਣ ਦ ਵੀ ਪੂਰੀ ਡਟ ਕੇ ਵਕਾਲਤ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤੀ । ਦੂਜਾ ਇਹ ਕਿ ਹਾਰਡ ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਤਸਕਰੀ ਇਸਦੀ ਜਿੰਮੇਵਾਰ ਹੈ ਇਸ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਪੋਸਤ ਦੀ ਖੇਤੀ ਨੂੰ ਤੇ ਅਫੀਮ ਤੇ ਪੋਸਤ ਦੀ ਵਿਕਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਮਾਨਤਾ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਜਾਵੇ , ਜਿਸ ਨਾਲ ਕਿਸਾਨ ਦੀ ਆਰਥਕਤਾ ਸੁਧਰੇਗੀ ਤੇ ਲੋਕ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਮੌਜ ਮਸਤੀ ਦੇ ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਲੱਗ ਜਾਣ ਤੇ ਹਾਰਡ ਨਸ਼ੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਨਗੇ, ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਇਸ ਮੰਗ ਲਈ ਧਰਨਾ ਵੀ ਪ੍ਰੈਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਰਿਪੋਰ ਹੋਇਆ ਸ ਿਸਮੇਤ ਫੋਟੋ ਦੇ ।ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੋਹਾਂ ਬਾਬਤ ਮੈਂ ਤੱਥ ਸਾਹਮਣੇ ਰੱਖੇ ਹਨ ਕਿ ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਵਰਗੇ ਮੁਲਕ ਵਿੱਚ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਤਕਨੀਕੀ ਤੇ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਹੱਲ ਬੜੇ ਜੋਰ ਤੇ ਮੁਸਤੈਦੀ ਨਾਲ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਉਥੇ ਵੀ ਟੀਕਿਆਂ ਨਾਲ ਕਰੀਬ 600 ਮੌਤਾਂ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਕਰੋੜ ਆਬਾਦੀ ਸਾਲਾਨਾ ਹੋ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਹਨ । ਇਸੇ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਪੋਸਤ ਦੀ ਖੇਤੀ ਦੀ ਰਾਜਸਥਾਨ ਤੇ ਭਾਰਤ ਦੀਆਂ ਹੋਰ ਕਈ ਸਟੇਟਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਤੌਰ ‘ਤੇ ਇਜਾਜਤ ਹੈ ਪਰ ਉਥੋਂ ਦੇ ਪੋਸਤ ਦੀ ਖੇਤੀ ਵਾਲੇ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਖੁਸ਼ਹਾਲ ਹੋਣ ਦਾ ਕੋਈ ਅਧਿਅਨ ਮੰਗ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਨੇ ਪੇਸ਼ ਨਹੀਂ ਕੀਤਾ । ਭੁੱਕੀ ਦੀਆਂ ਲਾਇਸੈਂਸੀ ਦੁਕਾਨਾਂ ਹੋਣ ਦੇ ਬਾਵਜੂਦ ਉਥੇ ਭੁੱਕੀ ਤੇ ਅਫੀਮ ਦੀ ਨਜਾਇਜ ਵਿਕਰੀ ਆਮ ਵਰਤਾਰਾ ਹੈ। ਸੰਸਾਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਪੋਸਤ ਬੀਜਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਦੇਸ ਨੇ ਭਾਰਤ , ਟਰਕੀ ਤੇ ਆਸਟਰੇਲੀਆ ਦਾ ਤਸਮਾਨੀਆ ਸੂਬਾ , ਪਰ ਗੈਰ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਪੋਸਤ ਵਾਲੇ ਮੁਲਕ ਨੇ ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ, ਬਰਮਾ, ਥਾਈਲੈਂਡ ਤੇ ਅਫਗਾਨਿਸਤਾਨ । ਦੁਨੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਕਰੀਬ 90% ਪੋਸਤ ਅਫਗਾਨਿਸਤਾਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਉਗਦਾ ਹੈ ।ਮੈਕਸੀਕੋ ਵਿੱਚ ਤੇ ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਦੇ ਕੋਲੰਬੀਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਵੀ ਪੋਸਤ ਬੀਜਿਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ । ਅਰਜਨਟਾਈਨਾ ਜਿਥੇ ਭੰਗ ਖੁਲੀ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਹੋਰ ਨਸ਼ੇ ਵੀ ਅਸਾਨੀ ਨਾਲ ਮਿਲ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਉਥੇ 2010 ਤੇ 2017 ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਭੰਗ ਦੇ ਨਸ਼ੇੜੀ ਢਾਈ ਗੁਣਾ ਹੋਏ ਤੇ 12-17 ਸਾਲ ਦੇ ਜੁਆਨਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਕੋਕੇਨ ਤੇ ਐਮ ਡੀ ਐਮ ਏ ਦੇ ਨਸ਼ੇੜੀ ਤਿੰਨ ਗੁਣਾ ਹੋ ਗਏ । ਬੈਲਜੀਅਮ ਨੇ ਮੁੜ ਰੋਕ ਲਗਾਈ ਹੈ ਕਿਉਂ ਜੋ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਭੰਗ ਦੇ ਨਸੇੜੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ 24 ਸਾਲ ਦੀ ਉਮਰ ‘ਤੇ ਅਤੇ ਹੈਰੋਇਨ ਦਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ 34 ਸਾਲ ਦੀ ਉਮਰ ਤੇ ਨਸ਼ਾ ਛਡਾਉਣ ਵੱਲ ਮੁੜਣਾ ਪੈਂਦਾ ਹੈ । ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਦਾ ਹੱਲ ਨਸ਼ੇ ਖੁਲ੍ਹੇ ਕਰਨਾ ਜਾ ਕੇਵਲ ਤਕਨੀਕੀ ਤੇ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਪ੍ਰਾਵਾਧਾਨ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਗੋਂ ਇੱਕ ਵਿਆਪਕ ਮੁਹਿੰਮ ਚਲਾ ਕੇ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਵਿਰੁੱਧ ਲਾਮਬੰਦੀ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ । ਡੈਪੋ ਮੁਹਿੰ ਨੂੰ ਲਾਮਬੰਦੀ ਬਣਾ ਕੇ ਸਿਆਸੀ ਤੇ ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਾਸ਼ਨਿਕ ਵਚਨ ਵੱਧਤਾ ਨਾਲ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤੀ ਵੱਲ ਕਦਮ ਪੁਟੇ ਜਾ ਸਕਦੇ ਨੇ ।

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CM orders mandatory dope test for all govt. employees, including policemen
04.07.18 - TEAM PT
CM orders mandatory dope test for all govt. employees, including policemen



CHANDIGARH, JULY 4: Further tightening the noose around drug abuse, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has ordered mandatory dope test of all government employees, including police personnel, from the time of their recruitment through every stage of their service.
           
Amarinder has directed the Chief Secretary to work out the modalities and have the necessary notification issued in this regard.
           
According to an official spokesperson, the Chief Minister has ordered drug screening to be mandatorily done in all cases of recruitment and promotions, as well as the annual medical examination that certain employees are required to undergo in accordance with the nature of their duties.
           
Dope test would be made mandatory for all recruitment's as well as promotions to be made by various Punjab government departments, according to an official spokesperson. Further, dope test would also be made a mandatory part of the Annual Medical examination of all civilian/police employees of the Punjab government, wherever prescribed, he added.
           
The move is part of the series of initiatives taken by the Chief Minister over the last three days to eliminate the drug menace from Punjab.
           
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.




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