KP CS reviews situation of prisons in province



PESHAWAR: A high-level meeting, chaired by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Secretary (CS) Muhammad Azam Khan discussed the affairs and issues of the KP prisons department and reviewed the overall situation of different prisons in the province.

The meeting took various decisions for the improvement of the prisons system, aiming to facilitate the inmates. The CS directed the home secretary to ask the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) for operationalisation of the skills development centres at central prison Haripur and Bannu at the earliest.

He was also directed to prepare PC-I for the establishment of Prisons Staff Training Institute at Haripur central prison and submit the same till the 30th of this month. The finance secretary was also directed to allocate the desired funds for the repair of security equipment at various prisons.

The chief secretary appreciated the efforts for initiating the indoor games amongst the inmates of prisons and desired to manage its extension to all the prisons of the province. He appreciated the efforts for screening tests and treatment of Hepatitis B and C and HIV with the help of health department and asked the home secretary to approach the health department for further strengthening of the same programme in all prisons.

The efforts for calling back system for interviewers in prisons were appreciated and the authorities were directed to submit progress reports of such activities on a weekly basis regularly. Regarding the restructuring of KP Inspectorate of Prisons, the CS directed the home department to move the case up to November 30 with the consultation of Inspectorate of Prisons.

Meanwhile, the authorities of home department and the prisons inspectorate were instructed to complete the promotion cases immediately and fill all the vacant posts, including that of medical officers, as early as possible in accordance with the law and rules.

After a detailed discussion, the chief secretary directed the concerned quarters to prepare a comprehensive proposal for inclusion of social work, and the same be sent to the govt for early consideration and necessary action.