To provide a full proof security system in the jails, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has approved Rs 20 crore for the modernisation and the upgradation of the jails across the state.
A decision to this effect was taken by the Chief Minister in a high-level meeting of the Jail department held here late last evening.
Taking part in deliberations, Mr Badal laid thrust on modernisation of jails on scientific lines by providing intact security system in them.
Approving a comprehensive plan submitted by the Jail department to upgrade the entire security system in the jails, Mr Badal sanctioned Rs 20 crore for installing the high powered
jammers, door metal detectors and other equipments besides vehicles for the department to update the security system in the jails.
He asked the Jail department to execute the whole work in a phased manner to bring more efficiency in the work.
Underlining the need to strictly check the supply of drugs in the jails, the Chief Minister also directed the department to take every step to curb this illegal practice, which was posing a
serious threat to the life of the inmates.
Mr Badal also gave nod for recruiting 573 trained ex-servicemen from the Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation (PESCO) for deployment in jails to aid the police in keeping strict vigil
over the visitors.
He said that security of the Jails was the prime concern of the state government and no compromise could be made in this regard.