Initiatives have been taken to bring the members of all government and non-government organizations under drug control Dope Test, said Shamsul Haque Tuku, the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on home ministry. He also said that separate authorities have already been recommended to make the dope test a success.
He hopes that under the new authority, dope tests will soon be introduced in all areas including the police, government jobs and university admissions.
He said it while addressing a discussion meeting organized by Social Welfare and Development Organization (SKUS) at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) auditorium here on Tuesday. SCAS Chairman Jasmine Prema presided over the discussion titled ‘Role of Dope Test in Drug Prevention’ on the occasion of Anti-Drug Day.
The meeting was conducted by journalist Nikhil Chandra Bhadra and was attended by government party MPs Mir Mostaq Ahmed Robi, SM Shahzada and Syeda Rubina Akhter, health specilist dr Lelin Chowdhury, Ashish Kumar Dey, General Secretary, National Committee for Protection of Waterways and Beltways, Raju Ahmed, Former General Secretary of DRU, Moniruzzaman Mukul, General Secretary of Scan, Shakila Parvin, member of DRU and Nripen Boydo of Faith in Action.
The key note was addressed by Polash Ahsan of Ekattor Television.
Shamsul Haque Tuku, Former state minister for home affairs, told the meeting that police dope test activities were underway. Dope tests for drivers have been started. The Prime Minister has directed to start dope test for employment and university admission. In addition to this, the leaders and workers of the political parties should be brought under dope test. This will reduce the demand for drugs. As a result, the entry of drugs into the country will also decrease. He called for creating awareness among the people to ensure successful dope testing and proper enforcement of the law.
Mir Mostaq Ahmed, a heroic freedom fighter, said that due to many unauthorized factories in the border areas, drugs have become easily available in Bangladesh. Even then the government is not sitting on drug eradication. We are trying to save the youth from the clutches of drugs. He called for anti-drug campaigns as well as awareness-raising activities.
MP SM Shahzada hoped that a drug-free society would be possible if everyone is aware of it. However, awareness is a big issue. Therefore, all educational institutions have to take campaign programs.
Sayed Rubina akter uttered that those who are addiected should be declared as unfit for local and national election. She requested the government to bring all the students, employees and all election candidates under dope test.