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Beating the shit out of Sakartvelo officials2010-12-20 13:32
Since January 2011, there will probably be less shit in Georgian political affairs in every sense of this word. A draft law is going to be adopted, implying that every official may at any moment be tested for drugs. Georgian political and state officials have undoubtedly got enough shit but, perhaps, the fear of tests will make them confine themselves to their own fantasies that would not be substantiated with appropriate substances.
Are our public officers drug addicts? Georgian authorities seem to be much concerned with the matter. The issue of making latest amendments to the law "On public officers" was discussed at today's plenary session. The law implying drug tests for officials at any time without warning is to take effect on January 1, 2011. Well, at last.
The law has got an unhappy fate: the process of its adoption has been lasting for almost a year since in spring 2010, the Georgian president ordered Ministry of Health to develop a relevant program enabling to find out which one of the officials indulges in drug taking.
One cannot fail to notice that for Georgia, the initiative turned out to be more than relevant. Perhaps, it is Saakashvili's brightest idea over his entire presidency.
The point is not only that one feels like asking an Internet-popular question "Are you a drug taker?!" after some of the speeches and decisions delivered by Georgian politicians.
According to official data, there are 250 thousand drug addicts in Georgia considering the fact that its population is less than four million people. In reality, almost half of the country blows smoke, which is not considered to be something improper.
There are several thousand people working in the Georgian government sector, so the probability of someone who likes to treat himself to some grass or even something harder is rather high. At least, the president has no doubt of it. Well, he should know better, working with them every day.
"We must fully clean the state sector comprising over 10 thousand people of drugs", - Saakashvili stated in March.
It is not quite clear why the president named the modest figure of ten thousand. For instance, Georgian parliament believes there is one hundred thousand officials who should be subject to the test.
Saakashvili even promised to have himself tested by submitting to a hair test but he did not.