Punjab jail minister Sohan Singh Thandal has the prison department was concerned about over-crowded jails. He said 50% work of new jails had been completed, and as soon as the construction was completed in a few months, prisoners would be shifted to four new jails.
Thandal was speaking during his first official visit to Ludhiana central jail since becoming the jail minister.
While commenting on drug peddling in jails, the minister said the prison department had adopted zero tolerance towards drug peddling and the state was trying its best to curb the menace.
He further added that the jail department also got eight sniffer dogs to check drug peddling in jails. Besides, more dogs were getting trained at the Punjab Police Academy in Phillaur.
The minister claimed that in the last few months, hundreds of drug peddlers and addicts were arrested by police and lodged in jails, where they were rehabilitated.
Meanwhile, Thandal took a round of the jail to check facilities and arrangements made for the inmates. He also visited the bakery unit in the jail and the de-addiction centre.