MoS Home Ajay Kumar Mishra, whose son is facing arrest after being accused of killing four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, on Thursday said jail inmates must be provided a safe environment for their reintegration into mainstream society. He also said that inmates must be provided training through skill development programmes.
Mishra was delivering the inaugural address of the 7th Conference of Heads of Prisons of all States and Union Territories organised by Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) at its headquarters in Mahipalpur.
“The main challenge for reintegrating inmates into the mainstream of society is providing a safe environment to them. Jail systems must have provisions for providing training and skill development for people living inside prisons and aftercare programmes,” an MHA statement quoted the minister as having said.
It said the minister also emphasised that the Conference, where 75 senior prison officers from 25 states and four Union Territories were present, was the right platform to deliberate upon issues and frame a policy with wider perspective and acceptability. It said the minister also underlined the importance of e-prisons, which he said save time and make the process for further associating with the courts easier.
“Another important aspect of e-prisons is e-mulakaat, which has made the process easy for inmates to contact their families,” the statement said.
The day was preceded by an invitation sent by BPR&D to the media only to be first revoked and then reinstated. However, on Thursday morning, as mediapersons reached BPR&D headquarters, they were told the event was not open for the media. As journalists argued with the police there, some were pushed around. Soon, a contingent of Border Security Force was called in to spruce up security.
BPR&D DG Balaji Srivastava briefed the conference about different initiatives undertaken by the agency on prisons and correctional administration, such as developing parameters for ranking of prisons, preparation of 50 prison training manuals for various categories of staff and officers in jails, among others.
The day saw a panel discussion on “Correctional Services in India: A Perspective”.
The Sunday incident at Lakhimpur Kheri, which led to the death of eight people, has put Mishra’s son Ahsish in the dock with a UP police FIR alleging that he shot at a farmer and then mowed down four people under his vehicle. Mishra has denied the allegations, saying his son was not present on the spot.