Srinagar, July 4: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today asked the Home Department to review before Eid the cases of the youth lodged in various jails on charges of stone-pelting to afford them an opportunity to rebuild their careers.
A committee comprising Director General of Police, Director General of Prisons and Principal Secretary Home will review the cases of all the youth under-trials lodged in various jails on charges of stone-pelting to give them an opportunity to live as productive citizens, she said while chairing a high-level meeting here this morning regarding bringing about Reforms in J&K s Prisons.
Mehbooba also asked Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar to take up the matter regarding deportation of a mentally challenged Pakistani national to his country who is lodged in a jail in the state for having inadvertently crossed the LoC.
"Why has been the person kept in jail for so long, when he is not only deaf and dumb, but mentally deranged also," she asked saying the state and its law enforcing agencies should not be seen acting in such a callous manner and be more humane in their approach.
Stressing the need for review and upgradation of the Jail Manual in the State, the Chief Minister said the review, which is already over due, should be aimed at making the prisons "centres of reformation" and not the places of punishment.
She also called for identification of alternate site in the periphery of Srinagar city for shifting of Central Jail from its existing location in Kathidarwaza area of the Shahr-e-Khaas.
She asked Director General of Prisons to coordinate with the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir for identification of an alternate site and come up with a report within seven days.
Mehbooba said once the Central Jail Srinagar is shifted, the existing establishment in the Old City could be converted into a multi-utility recreational-cum-sports facility while some part could be also developed as an exclusive Handicrafts Promotion Centre.
She said directions have already been given regarding identification of suitable land in Jammu also for shifting of the Central Jail from the core area of the city.
Stressing the need for imparting skill training to the jail inmates, the Chief Minister said the government would bring the jails under the purview of the integrated Skill Development Mission.