The Punjab government has decided to set up creches for children of women prisoners aged below six years,Jail minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur said on Thursday.
Phillaur,who visited the Patiala Central Jail today,said the government was working with several NGOs to chalk out modalities for child care centres in six jails.
The centres will be on the lines of the one already existing in the Patiala jail,he said,adding that the move will help in imparting due care to these children.
Phillaur asked the officials to initiate the pre-release cases of the prisoners on priority to ensure that the entitled prisoners are not kept in waiting. He said all prisoners with good conduct will be transferred to their home towns at the earliest.
The minister said that the government will formulate a plan to impart job-oriented skill training among the inmates to enable them earn a livelihood after their release.
On the issue security,he said CCTV cameras have been installed in seven central jails and six district jails to monitor jail premises and movement of prisoners,and the remaining jails will also be covered soon.
Jammers are also being installed in jails to check use of mobile phones by inmates,he said.
The minister said that to overcome the problem of production of under trial prisoners for extension of their judicial remand, video conferencing has been made operational in 10 jails and 32 courts at the cost of Rs1.48 crore. In second phase,video conferencing will be introduced in 16 jails and 24 courts at a cost of Rs. 2.23 crore.