LAHORE - The Punjab government intends to maintain a database of all 200,000 prisoners admitted and released from prisons annually in order to track vital information and their track record with an aim of improving the law and order situation, well placed sources in prisons department revealed to The Nation.
Prisons Management Information System (PMIS) is going to be introduced as pilot Project at Camp jail, sources say adding that the pilot project shall be looked over by a Project Steering Committee which comprises, Special Secretary (Home Department) as Chairman, Additional Secretary (Prisons), Inspector General of Prisons Punjab, Representative of Planning & Development, representative of chairman, PITB Member, Superintendent District Jail Lahore. The committee shall supervise the progress of the project and impart guidance wherever needed during the, project.
An officer of prison department on the condition of anonymity said that government agencies worldwide are evolving into E-Govt. this demands for a broader and more convenient access to public service. Thus, keeping in view the fast changing socio-political environment and the resolve of the government to introduce good governance, a decision has been taken to bring in automation in the Prisons System of the Punjab. He was of the view that to accomplish the task, the Prison Management Information System will be implemented in District Jail of Lahore as a Pilot Project and it will take about 18 months, a proposed span to implement it. Following its successful operation, PMIS would be replicated at other jails of the province , converting existing manual system into automation.
Maintain comprehensive database of inmates and staff, improving the management and planning of jail through automation and strengthening security architecture by ensuring fool-proof business processes are the core reasons behind PMIS.
The new project will be used to develop database of an average number of 3000+ inmates by using Automated Finger/Palm Print Identification system.
This will help in efficiently controlling and managing jail affairs for instant decision making and planning. Also, to regulate affairs.
Provide broader access to public service, gain and retain trust, credibility through online availability of information, to facilitate the visitors/public by the way fast-track registration of interviews and instant redressal of public grievances, to maintain a comprehensive database of the staff including their career profiles heir salary and accounts management besides capturing other issues relating to FIR, to improve stock and inventory management which includes management and automation of the grain godowns, medicine stores in the jail hospital and other miscellaneous stores. Adding to that, to introduce financial discipline by automating budgets, procurement processes and financial transactions.
On average 70 new pensioners are enlisted at District Jail, Lahore, daily while, an average of 550 prisoners is produced in courts and brought back every day.
Project Manager and Operators will be hired from the market whereas the Assistant Project Manager would be engaged from prisons department for professional input in the automation process.
At present, jails are being operated on a paper based manual system. This process is very lengthy and time consuming demanding effort and manpower to track information. Moreover, disparate location of jails in Punjab is also a contributing factor. The Punjab Prisons Department under the Home Department, Government of the Punjab, operates 32 functional jails in Punjab, and ten new jails are under construction. These facilities houses more than 60,000 inmates. The main objective of the department is to convert these inmates into skilled manpower during their sentence, by teaching them the art of textile and towel weaving, carving furniture, weaving carpets and dari making, pottery and cement blocks, and other items which help in their adjustment in the society after sentences. It aims to play an instrumental role in the correction and rehabilitation of inmates, making them useful and responsible members of the society. This project will help prisons authorities to achieve above said object.
The project would cost Rs29 millions approximately, a jail official said.