Punjab government on Thursday gave approval for the recruitment 573 ex-servicemen trained by Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation (PESCO) for deployment in jails to aid the jail officials in keeping strict vigil over the visitors.
Punjab’s Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal while giving approval for recruitment of 573 ex-servicemen said that security of the jails is the prime concern of the state government and no compromise could be made in this regard.
Badal also approved Rs 20 crore for the modernization and the upgradation of the jails across the state to provide fool proof security system in the jails.
Badal also approved a comprehensive plan submitted by the Jail department to upgrade the entire security system in the jails and sanctioned Rs 20 crore for installing the high powered Jammers, door metal detectors and other equipments besides vehicles for the department to update the security system in the jails.
The Chief Minister asked the Jail department to execute the whole work in a phased manner so as to bring more efficiency in the work. He also stressed on the need to strictly check the supply of drugs in the jails and directed the Jails department to take every step to curb this illegal practice, which was posing a serious threat to the life of the inmates.
Badal said that the accountability of the concerned officers of the department must be fixed in cases of indiscipline amongst the jail inmates and instructed the officials to discourage this trend by taking the appropriate remedial measures.
Badal also asked the Principal Secretary Home DS Bains to explore all the options to simplify the process of the release of prisoners from jails who have completed their term of conviction by curtailing the cumbersome procedure of unwarranted hierarchical clearances.
“Single file system should be introduced to expedite the clearances in such cases rather than sending the file from one office to another,” Badal added.