SAHIWAL – Punjab Prisons Inspector General Mian Farooq Nazeer said that jail is an accountability place for criminals and 90 percent of them do not repulse in crime after imprisonment.

He said that the religious education was being imparted in all jails of Punjab to make the prisoners aware of religion. He said that all the prisons of Punjab would be made reformation house and in this regard jail employees’ role was very important.

He said that the Punjab Chief Minister showed his keen interest to improve the standard of jails and to provide facilities to the prisoners. He was talking to the media after inauguration of a plant for preparation of blankets in the centre jail.

He said that now quality machinery has been installed and its capacity would be enhanced from 2,000 per month to 8,000 per month.  He said that under the pilot project of federal government, the Punjab government would impart technical education to prisoners under the TEVTA to make the prisoners respectable citizen of society after their release.

He said that phone call facility would be provided to the prisoners to keep them in touch with their families. He further said that family houses had being constructed in the jails across the Punjab for where prisoners’ families would live with them.

He further said that quality food was being provided to prisoners each men costs Rs70 daily for raw material of food, which were only Rs10, 50-years ago.

He said that jail menu would be revised to improve the variety of food soon. He said that all medical facilities were available at the all jail hospitals and all clinical tests all carried out in the hospitals.

Jail Superintendent had allocated Rs 500,000 at his disposal for any emergent to meet any eventuality, he added.

He said that keeping in view in the tight security measures new wall was being constructed outside the old wall with the cast of Rs250 millions. The modern arms included 3 machine guns had been provided to the jails, he added.

He said that security training would be imparted to the 2,500 employees of jail which would cast Rs50 million, special Elite Police Force would be prepared to control any calamity. He said that 800 new staff members would be recruited soon.

He said that taking disciplinary action 5 superintendents and 6 Deputy Superintendents of different jails had been suspended due to their poor performance. He said that senior officers of the Prison Department would conduct surprise visits of jails in view of public complaints, and stern action would be initiated against negligent officials.

He said that jails at Pakpattan, Okara and high security jail in Sahiwal would be completed by the next year. Earlier, IG Mian Farooq Nazir along with Superintendent Jail Gulzar Ahmad Butt inspected all the barracks of jail. He also inspected jail school, juvenile and women wards and listen the problems of prisoners and ordered for their early redresses.