Sportsmanship and good performance in sports could fetch early release from jail for prisoners in Punjab. Making this announcement on Friday to motivate prisoners to perform well in sports, Punjab jail minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur said, “We will reduce the period of sentence of prisoners performing well in the Prison Olympics.”
He was speaking on the last day of Punjab Prisons Olympics 2013 held at Central Jail, Ludhiana. He said if sports could bring out the best in criminals, it should be promoted.
Meanwhile, the five-day Prison Olympics Punjab 2013 concluded with a cultural extravaganza on Friday. Ludhiana Zone prison players bagged the overall trophy with their overall good performance. As many as 120 prisoners participated in these games.
Speaking on the occasion, Phillaur said Punjab government had constituted special funds worth `46 lakh for the development of sports among prisoners. Out of this amount, Rs 30 lakh will be allocated for men's jail, and the remaining for women's jails in the state.
Commenting of the drug peddlers and politicians' link as highlighted by former additional director general of police (jails) Shashikant, the minister asked the former ADGP to release such list and also questioned why he had not brought up these links during his tenure.
He denied all allegations regarding involvement of any politician or official of his department into drug dealing or supply of drugs in jails. The minister said mobile jammers were installed in two jails of Nabha and Sangrur and now jammers would be installed in Gurdaspur and Amritsar jails as well.
Additional director general of police (prisons) RP Meena and other senior officials of jail department were also present during the closing ceremony of Punjab prisons Olympics-2013.