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LAHORE Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar announced a prison package worth Rs 5.5 billion at Central Jail Kot Lakhpat on Wednesday. He also announced 60 days remission in the sentences of prisoners with regard to Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH).

Meanwhile, prisoners would also be allowed to have mattresses, blankets and pillows while geysers would be installed in all jails in winters. Alongside, news and entertainment channels would be aired through cable networks on LED TVs, he added and disclosed that air coolers, exhaust fans, LED lights and additional fans would be installed in jails to save inmates from harsh weather conditions. Similarly, every prisoner will be given a monthly amount from sale of manufactured products with the cooperation of industries. Poor and juvenile inmates would also be provided facility of public call office for making contact with their families and female prisoners would be provided all necessary facilities and their children up to the age of six years would also be given education, recreational facilities besides establishing daycare center.

The CM said nutritional needs of the children would also be focused and juvenile inmates’ protection would be ensured and no one would be allowed to exploit them. Sports and other recreational facilities would also be arranged with the collaboration of Punjab sports board and Punjab prisons foundation. Similarly, education for inmates would be provided with the collaboration of Punjab literacy department and national commission for women development. Health department would establish medical camps every month in all the prisons of Punjab and best treatment facilities would also be provided in hospitals of prisons and vacant posts of doctors and other staff would be filled, he added. Doctors would also get special allowance with their salaries, ambulance for every prison to shift the inmates in case of emergency would also be provided, he maintained. All the prisons gradually would be shifted on solar energy to overcome the problem of load-shedding and power outages.

The CM said a comprehensive system was being devised for the payment of challan and Diyat every year in Ramazan so that inmates involved in petty cases could be benefited. Similarly, poor and orphans would be extended free legal aid with the cooperation of law and prosecution department.

Provincial Minister Prisons Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan while addressing the ceremony said CM Punjab has shown keen interest in the Prisons department and no CM had ever focused on the condition of inmates and CM has won the hearts of inmates and jail employees by giving a historic package and package of CM would always be remembered by them. Inspector General Prisons presented the performance of the department. Earlier, CM Punjab arrived at Kot Lakhpat jail and the guard of honour was presented to him.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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