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Biometric Indentification System to be installed in Gujarat jails

Written by: Staff

Gandhinagar, Mar 29 (UNI) The Centre today cleared Gujarat government's proposal to instal Biometric Indentification System (BIS) in two jails in the state to prevent unauthorised entry and also to enhance security and discipline in the jails.

This was announced by Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly here today.

Mr Shah said the BIS will be installed at the Ahmedabad and Vadodara central jails respectively by the National Informatic Centre Service Inc (NICSI) at a total estimated cost of Rs 46 lakh.

Out of the total project cost of Rs 46 lakh, the Centre and state government will contribute Rs 26 lakh and Rs 20 lakh respectively as their shares for the project. The Centre has already released Rs 16 lakh as a first-instalment of its share.

Thus, Gujarat becomes the second state to introduce BIS in jails, next only to Delhi.

The BIS will identify jail staffers, prisoners, and visitors through their state-of-the-art 'eyes', saliva, finger prints and photographs. Thus, it will eliminate the entry of any unauthorised persons and release of wrong prisoners in place of the right ones.

Moreover, Mr Shah said, the BIS will also keep a record of the visitors.


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