KARACHI - At least 40 children are living with their prisoner mothers in the province. However, the government is trying its utmost to provide facilities to prisoners, informed Sindh Minister for Jails, Haji Muzaffar Ali Shujra here no Friday. Sindh Minister for Jails, Haji Muzaffar Ali Shujra informed the Sindh Assembly Friday that there are 40 children living with their mothers in various jails. Replying a question of Humera Alwani, during question hour, Shujra told the House that 19 children are living with their mothers in Special Prison for Women Karachi, 9 in Special Prison for Women in Hyderabad, 8 in Special Prison for Women in Larkana and 4 in Women Ward Central Prison-II Sukkur. He said though there were no primary educational facilities being provided by the government through education department as such. However, there are few NGOs who are extending this facility to these children. Meanwhile, the medical facilities such as free treatment of respiratory tract, fever, gastro enteritis, and skin infection are being provided to these children by government. Replying to supplementary questions raised by legislators, Shujra pointed out that on the instruction of President Asif Ali Zardari, a special committee has been formed to review the present laws and jail manuals. A new law is under consideration for providing right of bail to under trial prisoners after two years, he said, adding that under trail women prisoners would also get bail after two years. Shujra further said that on good conduct, the women prisoners would also be released on parole. He said that the Prison Department has approached the education department for providing teachers in women jails as few NGOs have arranged teachers for children living with their mothers in Hyderabad, Karachi and other women jails of the province. However, Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq announced that his department will provide teachers in women jails, while free text books will be also provided to children in above mentioned jails. Minister for Law Ayaz Soomro pointed out that the children living with their mothers in jails are not confined. He said that instead of living in jails with their mothers, the government had initiated a proposal for allowing children to live with their grand parents, but mothers were not ready to leave their children. Moreover, he said the government was bearing all expenses of lawyers to get bail to these under trail women prisoners. Meanwhile, Shujra said that there was no provision of separate funds to arrange bails for women prisoners. Another PPP MPA Anwar Mahar proposed that instead of separating the children living with their mothers in women jails, the government should arrange their enrolment in government schools where they can go and return back to their mothers in jails. To another question, Shujra said that only one probation officer working in Hyderabad juvenile jail, while 17 vacancies of probation officers are vacant in the jails of the province which government intend to fill through Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC). He said that his department approached the authorities to get permission of Finance Department and recommended SPSC for filling these posts, and hoping that these vacancies would be filled during next 2-3 months. The government intends to appoint probation officer in each district jail to provide the problems of juvenile prisoners. Minister for Home Department, Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, in his written reply said that at least 3,421 cases of rioting and 125 cases of kidnapping for ransom were reported during 9 months of 2007 (January 1, 2007 to September 30, 2007), however, during the same period of 2008 (January 1, 2008 to September 30, 2008) these crime cases were increased to higher level as at least 173 cases of kidnapping for ransom, 8,313 of motorcycle snatching and 1,142 cases of car snatching were reported in the province. Meanwhile, replying another question, Mirza said that at least 25,256 arms licences were issued during July 1, 2007 to December 31, 2008 in the province.