Punjab chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal on Monday gave in principle approval to construct a double-storey modern Central Jail at Bathinda, over an area of 40 acres of land, along with the residential accommodations for staff.
A decision to this effect was taken by the CM at a high level meeting with the officers of Jail department at his residence this morning.
Badal asked the Jail Department to get the construction plan re-designed, within a week, with a capacity accommodate about 2500 inmates. He also assured that government would arrange 28 acres in addition to the existing land for further expansion of the jail in future.
In a bid to develop jails in the state as self sustainable, Badal asked the Jail department to chalk out a plan through involving some big Industrial houses for utilising the services of Jail Inmates after providing them sufficient skill training in a particular trade.
The DGP Jails informed the CM that the department had initiated the process of registration of 'Jail Development and Welfare Society' and assured him to work out a concrete strategy to involve
local industries under PPP mode to engage entrusted jail inmates for different industrial activities.
Prominent amongst those who were present in the meeting included jails, tourism & cultural affairs minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur, principal secretary to the CM SK Sandhu, special principal secretary to the CM Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, secretary jails Hussan Lal, DGP jails RP Mina and IG jails Jagjit Singh.