Fatehgarh Sahib, Sep 16 (UNI) As many as 47 Pakistani nationals who had completed their quantum of sentence were still languishing in jails across Punjab.
" The Punjab government is keen to see that these 47 return back to their homes and we have taken up the matter with the Union Home Ministry", Minister for Tourism and Jails Hira Singh Gabria said at Sirhind today.
Talking to mediapersons, the minister wanted that the Union government should bear the expenditure being incured on the 47 prisoners.
The minister said that there are total 26 prisons in Punjab and presently around 4,900 prisoners are lodged in these jails.
In addition there are around 9,000 other undertrails , who are facing trail in various cases.
He said that two new jails are being constructed in Faridkot and Kapurthala, where 2,500 to 3,000 prisoners will be lodged. He said that the government was in the process of renovating the Nabha and Kapurthala jails.
" Prisons should be away from residential areas and the government was planning to shift all such jails", he added.
He said that presently there is no proposal of reducing the quantum of sentence of prisoners.
He said that the government was keen to improve the condition of prisoners. Special efforts are being made to improve the condition of women prisoners, he added.
The Minister said that the state government had issued strict instructions to treat prisoners and undertrails as per rules.
Instructions prohibiting the use of mobile phones by prisoners had been put in black and white for the jail staff, he added.