Karachi, August 27, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister for Minorities Affairs, Social Welfare and Prisons Hari Ram Kishori Lal directed Jail Authorities to beef up the security of prisons and ensure provision of facilities to inmates as per jail manual. Provincial Minister issued these directives while presiding over introductory briefing on Jails on Monday at his office. Inspector General Prisons Imran Yagoob Minhas gave detailed briefing on jail manuals, budgets, development schemes and related issues.
The Minister directed to evolve system to facilitate visitors who came to meet inmates in jails. Provincial minister maintained that overcrowding was biggest problems of prisons and to overcome it, under construction jails should be completed in stipulated time. He said that he himself would pay surprise visits of prisons in different cities to see improvements and assured to resolve all issues of jails at the earliest.
On the occasion, IG Prisons Imran Minhas Yaqoob informed minister that 27 prisons in the province have authorized capacity of 13038 inmates, whereas at present, 17991 inmates were residing in jails. He said that jails authorities were facing biggest problem of overcrowding and to resolve this issue, three new prisons one each at Shaheed Benazir Abad Thatta and Malir were under construction and 70% work have been completed, while four new prisons one each in Karachi West.
Tharparkar, Kambar Shahdadkot have been proposed in PSPD 2018-19.IG Prisons further informed that besides Police, personnel of Pakistan Rangers and Frontier Constabulary have also been deputed for security of prisons. He informed that Sindh Prisons facing shortage of staff which needed attention.
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