'Jail reforms legislation to be introduced soon'



Kapurthala: The draft of a jail reforms legislation to provide more facilities to prisoners is "almost ready" for introduction in the state Assembly, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said.

Badal, who was here to inaugurate a Rs 123 crore modern jail at Theh Kanjala village in the district, said, "Draft of the jail reforms legislation was almost ready and it would be passed in the due course of time."

He was responding to a question on the delay in bringing the legislation in the Assembly.

Badal said new jails would come up at Faridkot, Mansa and Nabha to cope with the rush of prisoners. "Family quarters were also being constructed in the modern jail premises so that inmates could spend some days on parole with their families," he said.

1,600 inmates from central jail Jalandhar were shifted to the jail here, Badal said, adding that the new jail could accommodate more than 2,870 inmates.

Punjab's Jail Minister Hira Singh Gabria said Rs 308 crore has been spent on modern jails at Kapurthala, Nabha, Mansa and Faridkot which would enhance the capacity of inmates to 7,000.

He said at present the capacity of jails in Punjab was 12,000 inmates while the number of prisoners are about 18,000.

PTI