Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 13
The Punjab Cabinet at present permitted the Punjab Prison Rules, 2021, beneath the Prison Act, 1894, superseding the archaic and outdated jails manual.
Focus on high-risk prisoners
- ‘Prisons within prisons’ (high-security zones) have been created for high-risk prisoners
- These will likely be outfitted with wi-fi units, alarm system, energy back-up, hand-held and doorframe steel detectors
- For higher monitoring, a multi-tier safety grid has additionally been put in place beneath the new rules
The Cabinet famous that the provisions of the Punjab Jail Manual, 1996, had turn into archaic with the passage of time and there was imminent want to replace it within the modified state of affairs of modernisation, jail computerisation, present expertise and newest legal guidelines.
The newly drafted rules lay emphasis not solely on secure and safe custody of prisoners, but additionally on different points comparable to welfare, corrections and aftercare, which have emerged as equally vital in fashionable occasions. To guarantee efficient surveillance, secure custody and prevention of escapes, new safety parameters have been launched within the rules.
For lodging of high-risk prisoners comparable to gangsters, drug offenders, terrorists, radicals, and so on, “prisons within prisons” i.e. excessive safety enclosures or zones have been created.
The infrastructural necessities of those enclosures have been outlined. These shall be outfitted with wi-fi units, alarm system, devoted energy back-up, hand-held and doorframe steel detectors, video-conferencing amenities, closed circuit TV cameras, X-ray baggage machines, physique scanners and different fashionable digital safety gadgets.
A multi-tier safety grid has additionally been positioned for higher monitoring on the excessive safety zones.
Adequate provisions for creation of a welfare fund, meal for workers throughout their shift, authorized help, housing, medicare, monetary help, welfare of retired officers, and so on, have been made to maintain jail officers motivated.
Promotional programs on the traces of the Punjab Police have additionally been integrated for truthful and sooner promotions. To cut back recidivism, guarantee profitable rehabilitation and social reintegration of launched convict prisoners, a framework for aftercare help has been integrated within the new rules. This will cowl many points, comparable to help in employment/ entrepreneurship, medical therapy, marriage, renting a home, and so on.