The Punjab government, in an affidavit submitted before the Punjab and Haryana high court, on Friday submitted that corrective measures were being taken to decongest the state jails, along with providing clean drinking water, making provision of adequate medicines in jails and employing more staff.
In an affidavit submitted by additional director general of police (prisons) Rajpal Meena, he said the construction of two more central jails – in Bathinda and Amritsar -- was underway while two district jails would be constructed at Muktsar and Tarn Taran.
The affidavit also submitted that the construction of new barracks was initiated in central jails of Patiala, Ludhiana and Gurdaspur and the district jails of Sangrur, Nabha and Barnala.
The affidavit said a proposal seeking allocation of Rs. 640 crore had been submitted to the Centre so that the funds could be released.
Speaking about the measures undertaken for countering the shortage of staff, the ADGP submitted that the proposal for revival of 29 posts of assistant superintendent of jail had been forwarded to the authorities, while the proposal to recruit 527 wardens was under consideration of the state government.