RAWALPIDNI - Punjab Prison Department has started construction work of family rooms in all the larger jails of the province in which the convicted prisoners would be allowed to keep their families for three days after every three months.
The construction work of 100 family rooms in Multan Jail was is near completion while the land would also be acquired for building family rooms in Adyala Jail as well as separate jails for women and children. Public Call Offices (PCOs) would also be set up in the jails to facilitate prisoners. Punjab government has also been installing water filtration plants in all the jails of province to provide clean drinking water to the inmates, said Provincial Minister for Prisons Malik Muhammad Iqbal Chunner while inaugurating the water filtration plant at Adyala Jail here on Thursday.
PML-N MNA Malik Iftikhar Ahmed, DIG Prisons Rawalpindi Region Malik Shaukat Feroz, Adyala Jail Superintendent Malik Mushtaq Ahmed Awan, Additional Superintendent Chaudhry Shamraiz Hussain and N league office-bearer Zafar Pagara were also present on the occasion. Malik Iqbal, while speaking, said that following the instructions of Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, PPD was striving hard to provide maximum facilities to the inmates in all provincial jails.
He said that the water filtration plant was dysfunctional earlier has been made functional with cost Rs 8 million besides installing three more water plants in Adyala Jail to give potent water to prisoners. He said that PPD has kicked off construction work of family rooms in which the convicted inmates would be allowed to live with their wives for three days after every 90 days.
“The construction work of 100 family rooms in Multan Jail is about to complete. After this project, PPD will get land for building family rooms in Adyala Jail and to make separate jails for women and children” he added.
The installation of PCOs were also in process after which the inmates could talk to their families and lawyers, he said. The inmates were being imparted computer and Islamic education on orders of CM, said Provincial Minster adding that the inmates were also being given skill based education so that they could earn bread and butter in a respectful way after releasing from jail. DIG Prisons Malik Shaukat Feroz also briefed the minister that all the jail inmates were being served the food as per jail menu.
He said that the repaired plant would filter 1,000 gallons water daily. PML-N MPA Malik Iftikhar Ahmed said that Punjab government has been providing all the necessary facilities to the inmates so that they could become useful citizens besides completing their punishments.