Ombudsman applauds performance of KP IG prisons in improving jails conditions

Our Correspondent

Syed Tahir Shahbaz, the Federal Ombudsman has said that biometric identification system be installed in all jails of KP and integrate it with all departments of criminal administrative justice system.

He chaired a high level meeting in Chief Secretary Office Peshawar along with Chief Secretary KP Dr. Kazim Niaz to review the progress and implementation status of the recommendations of Prisons Reforms Committee as entrusted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The meeting was attended by the IG,KP, IG Prisons KP, Home Secretary, Secretaries Law, Industries, Social Welfare, Health and Secretary Wafaqi Mohtasib Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Senior Advisor Mr. Ejaz A. Qureshi and other stakeholders.

The IG Prisons Mr. Khalid Abbas gave a detailed briefing through a presentation and informed that the overcrowding in jails has been reduced upto 37% due to up-gradation of different jails.

He said that during the current financial year the under construction jails of Swat and Hangu would ease the burden with 800 prisoners.

He said that in second phase the Central Jails in Peshawar & D.I.Khan and District Jails in Swabi and Swat would be completed, whereas construction of District Jails in Tank, Shangla and Upper Dir are in pipeline.

He said that the Biometric Identification System has been installed in 14 jails and an agreement has been signed with UNODC for up-gradation & extension of PMIS in all other jails of KP.

During the meeting the progress of the Provincial, District Oversight Committees (DOC) and Welfare Committees to improve life of prisoners especially children, women and destitute prisoners was discussed decisively with all the stakeholders of province.

He was informed that during the current quarter 56 visits were made by DOCs, 15 visits by Provincial Oversight Committees(POC) and five meetings were convened by the POC in the matter.

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