Prisoners will be allowed to have 300 minutes meeting with family members in a month.

LAHORE   -   Punjab Chief Minister Ch Parvez Elahi presided over a special meeting pertaining to jail reforms at CMO on Thursday. The meeting discussed various proposals and recommendations for the welfare of the prisoners. The chief minister sought a comprehensive plan within seven days regarding the jail reforms. Parvez Elahi maintained that the prisoners who give better performance in their education will be given remission in punishments.

While it was also principally decided that the doctors working in the jail hospitals will be given Rs. 1.5 lakh special allowance, it was also recommended during the meeting to give every prisoner 300 minutes on a monthly basis in order to talk with their family members.

Parvez Elahi directed to provide quality food and eggs in the breakfast for the prisoners. He directed that necessary action should be taken in order to provide foreign prisoners access to their relevant Consul Generals. It was also decided during the meeting to handover the arrangements of the jail canteen to the utility stores and other mega stores.

The CM ordered to undertake prompt measures so as to provide free legal aid to the abandoned prisoners.

He informed that all the prisoners in the prisons will also be provided hygiene kits for their cleanliness. He directed to ensure medical check up of the prisoners after every three months and female prisoners should be provided mammogram medical test facility.

He further directed that better arrangements should be made for the prisoners and rooms should be properly arranged for their meeting with their family members.

He directed that installation of cooling systems in the prisons should be completed in a phased manner. He disclosed that the arrangements of 43 hospitals of the prisons will be handed over to the Health Department and their further upgradation will also be done.

The CM asserted that the prisons should have a minimal living standard and desired to ensure provision of basic human rights to the prisoners in the prisons. He highlighted that the purpose behind reforms is to provide basic facilities to the prisoners.

The CM directed to arrange gymnasium and sports facilities for the detained children in the prisons. He appreciated the endeavours of Haba Fawad, Member Jails Reforms Committee for the rights of the imprisoned women and children.

He lauded that Haba Fawad did commendable work for the protection of the rights of the imprisoned women and children and paid rich tributes to Haba Fawad’s performance with regard to jail reforms.

CM FIXES PROPERTY

TRANSFER FEE AT ONE PC

Punjab Chief Minister Ch Parvez Elahi has fixed property transfer fee at one per cent across the province.

The decision was taken in a meeting which was attended by SMBR Zahid Akhtar Zaman, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti and Secretary Finance Iftikhar Amjad.

The chief minister said that the revenue of the Punjab government will increase a lot by decreasing the registration fee.

He said the decision has been taken in the best public interest. “There will be an increase in registries across the province and our initiative aims to give relief to the people. This initiative will also promote the construction industry while creating immense employment opportunities”, he stated