Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday exempted former servicemen and senior citizens from the mandatory dope test for issuance and renewal of their arms licences.
The Chief Minister’s decision comes in response to a request from former servicemen and senior citizens groups, according to an official spokesperson.
Former servicemen and senior citizens had earlier pointed out that many of them had been in possession of arms licences for decades, and Singh agreed that they were fit cases for exemption considering their track record and their age.
The move 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.(ANI)