CM naqvi reviews steps being taken for jail reforms, provision of basic facilities to prisoners


Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi presided over a special meeting at CM Office in which steps being taken for jail reforms and provision of basic facilities to the prisoners were reviewed. On the direction of Mohsin Naqvi an agreement has been finalized between the Prisons department and PKLI for the treatment of prisoners suffering from kidney and liver ailments.

Mohsin Naqvi directed to prepare Tower Type latest design of jails and new jails will be equipped with the latest facilities and security gadgets. On the special direction of Mohsin Naqvi it has been principally decided to undertake further TEVTA courses for the prisoners in 10 jails. On the direction of Mohsin Naqvi the conversation duration of prisoners with their family members has been increased from 20 minutes to 35 minutes. It was reviewed during the meeting to formulate a mechanism of international calling facility for the foreign prisoners.

The punishment of prisoners will be remitted or will be given relief on completing religious education, technical education and a degree. Mohsin Naqvi directed that permission for participation of a prisoner in the death of a near relative should be ensured.

The proposal to establish IT Centres in prisons so as to enlighten the prisoners with the latest technology was reviewed during the meeting.Mohsin Naqvi asserted that no compromise should be made on the diet and its quality for the prisoners.

It was informed during the briefing that a quality wool will be provided for carpeting in the prisons.20 thousand prisoners have completed their TEVTA training courses across Punjab prisons.

The prisoners are given samosas and pakoras to break their fasts during Ramadan.6320 prisoners are compelled to remain in jails due to pendency of their appeals and it was agreed to approach the respective courts for early dispensation of pending appeals. Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Home),Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Care, Inspector General of Prisons, Executive Director Punjab Institute of Mental Health Lahore and concerned officials attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, On the direction of Punjab interim Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi, the Prisons Department has signed an agreement with the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI), Lahore for the treatment of prisoners suffering from liver and kidney diseases.

CM Naqvi chaired a special meeting in Lahore on Sunday attended by Punjab Chief Secretary, Additional Home Chief Secretary, Primary and Secondary Health Secretary, IG Prisons, Executive Director of Punjab Institute of Mental Health, Lahore and other concerned officials.

Naqvi ordered to prepare the design of a tower-shaped modern prison.

New prisons will be equipped with sophisticated facilities and security equipment, he urged.

The meeting decided in principle to introduce more TEVTA courses for inmates in 10 prisons.

Moreover, on the direction of the chief minister, the duration of meeting between prisoner and his family members has been extended from 20 minutes to 35 minutes.

The meeting also deliberated on the method to provide international call facility to international prisoners.

On completion of degree/religious and technical education, prisoners will be given 2 to 3 months remission in their sentences, the meeting decided.

CM Naqvi directed the authorities to make sure that prisoner could attend the funeral of his close relative.

He also said that a proposal to set up IT centers in prisons will be studied to impart modern technological education to the inmates. No compromise will be made on the quality of food for prisoners; he said adding that jails would be provided with fine quality wool for carpet weaving.

The meeting was told that 20,000 prisoners from Punjab jails have completed technical courses of TEVTA.

The participants were also briefed that 6,320 prisoners are forced to stay in jails as their appeals are pending.