To have its own distinct identity, the Punjab prison department has come up with its own formation insignia, which besides the national emblem, also has the image of an eagle.
Officials of the Punjab prisons department currently use an insignia, which is almost a copy of the one used by Punjab Police personnel.
With the home department giving its approval recently, the prisons department has set in motion the process to have the formation sign on the uniform and other paraphernalia.
“There is no distinct identity for prisons department officials. We were using the logo which was almost a copy of the Punjab Police logo. The police and jail department are two different departments. Our formation sign would now distinguish our officials from Punjab Police personnel,” Punjab prisons Additional Director General of Police R P Meena told The Indian Express on Thursday.
On Monday, the insignia was formally launched in Meena’s office with its installation in his office. “We will now use our formation signs in the prison department establishments across the state,” Meena said.
Finalising the formation sign, however, turned out to be a lengthy exercise. The prison department had sifted through its records to find if at any point of time it had a distinct any formation sign.
“Nowhere in the record, we could found anything that suggested that there was any formation sign of the department. So, we decided to design the formation sign on our own. The eagle in the insignia signifies a strict vigil. Then we have prisons mandate ‘care, correction, custody’ which is common for prisons across the country after the prisons came to be known as reformatories,” ADGP Meena said.