The Government of Bangladesh is planning to establish the norm for a drug test before the final recruitment in the government services and admission of students in the colleges and universities as this is becoming the phantom for the young people nowadays.
‘We are thinking of making dope tests mandatory before the final recruitments in the public service and admissions of universities and colleges.’ AKM Mozammel Haque in a press briefing told reporters on Wednesday.
He also added that the government is also planning to implement the policy as early as possible. The cabinet committee declared Dinajpur, Chattogram, and Cox’s Bazar as drug-free zones. Local administrations of the districts were warned to take any steps to inhibit the drug abuse.
‘The youths of today are being highly engaged in taking drugs which are very alarming and the numbers are highly increasing. About 1 percent of the total population is already addicted which is about 1.7 to 1.8 million in number and most of it comprises of youth.’ Said Mozammel. He also added, “It is a matter of grief that these narcotic substances are making their lifespan shorter as the addicts are being less immune to diseases. These substances come with some bad and serious side effects some being irreversible. Most of the portion addicted to substances usually die within three to four years.”
The minister also gave a slight indication to impose restrictions on social media use as social media uses lots of stimulating content which might lead our young generations to all these bad habits.
Also, Social Media plays a big role in the spread of substances. He also said that Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission will approach leading tech companies like Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter to establish offices in Bangladesh.
There were Asaduzzaman Khan, Home Minister, Nurul Majid, Industries Minister, Mahmud Humayun, Tipu Munshi commerce minister and some more senior officials were present at that meeting at the home ministry.