Chandigarh, August 9: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has exempted ex-servicemen and senior citizens for mandatory dope test for issuance and renewal of their arms licences.
The Chief Minister has taken the decision in response to a request from ex-servicemen and senior citizens groups, according to an official spokesperson.
It was pointed out by the ex-servicemen
and senior citizens that many of them had been in possession of arms licences for decades. The Chief Minister agreed that they were fit cases for exemption considering their track record and their age.
The decision comes about six months after the state government decided to make it mandatory for all applications to undergo a compulsory dope test to qualify for a weapon licence.