Arms licence holder with positive ‘Dope Test’ to face cancellation of licence

April 28, 2018 09:08 AM

Ferozepur, April 26, 2018: In a significant move, the government has made dope test mandatory for the applications seeking fresh or renewed arms licence but if the test result is positive, the licence holder will face cancellation of the licence.

Making dope test mandatory is a part of eradication of drugs from the state but it is to be seen how honestly the tests are conducted by the health department.

As per the new arms rules notified by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Justice in July 2016, an applicant needs to be examined for mental health and physical fitness with “clear mention that the applicant is not dependent on any intoxicating or narcotic substance”.

Added here, the state government has almost doubled the user charges for the dope test for applicants of arms licences in government hospitals under the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) from the existing Rs 800 to Rs 1,500. Along with it, the government has also increased the number of intoxicants for which applicants will be screened from the existing 5 to 10.  The dope test included the medical examination and basic lab test. “The dope test for arms licence shall include screening for Morphine, Codeine, D Propoxyphene, Benzodiazepines, 9-Tetra Hydro Cannabinol (THC), Barbiturates, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Buprenorphine and Tramadol,” 

The process of the dope test has already started in the Civil Hospital. As per the information, on an average 20-30 dope tests are conducted against more than hundred applicants and it is likely to take a sufficient time whose licences are due for renewal and for the fresh seekers also.Around, two or three dope tests are detected positive and the same could be repeated after three months. sources said.

Earlier, it was revealed that while passing on the instructions for mandatory dope test for the fresh applicants and seeking renewal of licence, there are no instructions for taking any action in the event of positive test who is seeking renewal of his arms licence – as to whether his licence will be cancelled or he will be directed to deposit the weapon with the police or arms dealer until such time he clears the dope test, which can be repeated after three months.

However, on contacting the Ramvir Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepur said, it is obvious, in the event of the positive dope test, the arms licence will be cancelled and a weapon has to be deposited with the police station or arms dealer.

One of the arms licence holder,– Ram Lal (name changed) - whose licence is expiring on May 7 - whose dope test was positive said, I had never taken codeine but my test is positive. I will represent to the Civil Surgeon for re-testing.   

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