In an innovative measure to eradicate corruption in jails of Punjab, 'e-purse system' was, on Thursday, launched in the local Central Jail, as a pilot project.
Under e-purse, every undertrial or inmate, lodged in the jail, would be facilitated with a smart card with a deposit capacity of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 per meeting (with relatives or known persons) for residents of Punjab and outsiders respectively. An undertrial is allowed to have two meetings in a week while convicted persons can have ony one meeting with relatives.
Every undertrial has been asked to give a list of a maximum of ten persons in advance, who may come to meet him or her during the stay in jail. Per meeting, they may give maximum of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 to natives of Punjab and out-of-the-state residents respectively.
A swap machine has been installed in the canteen of the local jail and the earlier system of coupons for purchase of goods has been stopped.
Every purchase made by inmates would get recorded in the machine, revealed Madan Lal, CJM-cum-secretary, Free Legal Aid Cell, Ferozepur.
"The new system of e-purse will help eradicate corruption and even supply of drugs into jails," claimed Madan Lal.
There had been complaints that the jail staff issued coupons of less amount to inmates than the money provided, but now there was no chance of such complaints.