Unmindful of threat to life from drug mafia, DGP (Prisons) Shashi Kant has decided to pen down all the loopholes that he learnt during his tenure. The book, however, he will publish post retirement. Kant, who is working towards changing the condition of jails and its inmates before he retires, recently tabled the proposal of some changes in the Jail Act.
Kant shared his personal and professional ambitions during his visit to the Bathinda jail on Wednesday. Ready to ameliorate the condition of jails in the state on the lines of Hyderabad and Bengaluru, Kant called Bathinda jail as one of the best jails in Punjab.
Threat vs Ambitions
There is no political vendetta against me. Though I keep getting threats from the drug mafia, I am not scared. Due to service rule compulsions, I cannot name the people but after my retirement I will expose it all. I look at myself as a whistle blower and after my retirement, I intend taking to writing. I will pen down the all the loopholes of government departments that I learnt during my tenure in my book that I will publish after retirement.
Changes in Jail Act
Change is must for betterment. The deputation of jail officials in police department and vice-versa is very important as the atmosphere change brings efficiency in officials. As the existing jail Act is too old to cope with the present scenario, a new Act with major change is under consideration and a draft of the same has been already tabled before the state government.
The regularisation of class IV employees in the jail department is also under consideration and the matter will be taken up soon with the chief minister. A doctor's team, including a psychiatrist, has been recommended within each jail.
A proposal had been sent to the state government to start certified vocational courses for prisoners, so that the prisoners could benefit from it after completing their terms. Presently, many prisoners are pursuing various courses, including PhD.
The chief minister has given a green signal to open de-addiction centres in all the jails on the pattern of Tihar jail, where these centres are being run with the help of AIIMS and a team constituted by the department is already in Delhi for training. Each drug de-addiction centre will have a team of four doctors, a psychiatrist and five paramedics.
The inmates with a good track record are sent to the Nabha open jail and are even being given a one-year relaxation in their sentence.
Prisoners' suicide - a serious issue
The issue of Prisoners committing suicide within the jails premises is no doubt a serious issue and for this a team of doctors, including a psychiatrist, has been proposed. We had started yoga classes within jails to make the prisoners stress free. The cases of prisoners' death under mysterious circumstances are also under investigation."