The Madhya Pradesh government will construct an ‘Anda Cell’ or egg-shaped high-security jail on the lines of Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail and Tihar jail in Delhi to keep dreaded criminals in the state.
The decision was taken during a high-level meeting led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the presence of senior officials of Jail ministry, administration and jail department on Monday.
The chief minister instructed the jail department to ensure foolproof security in the jails of the state and utilise the available resources to its optimum. Chief secretary, minister of jail, director general of police, director general (jail) were also present along with senior officials.
“During the meeting, the decision was taken to construct an ‘Anda Cell’ which would be located in Bhopal central Jail or Indore Central Jail. Apart from this, there are also plans to construct two new jails in Indore and Burhanpur,” said director general (jail) Sanjay Choudhary.
He said 1,000 new jail warders would also recruited soon to enhance the security in the jails.
Choudhary told HT that it was also decided to shift jails from residential areas. “According to the decision, jails of Bhopal, Rewa, Morena and Ratlam would be shifted from the residential areas. A budget of about ₹8 crore was also cleared by chief minister for enhancing security measures in the jails.”
Choudhary said a decision was also taken to create a fund for welfare activities of the jail department personnel.
“During the meeting, the chief minister also assured that all the facilities which are at present provided to the family of martyrs of police department, would now also be provided to the martyrs of jail department,” said Choudhary.