SRINAGAR 670 posts are lying vacant in Prisons Department, the Chief Justice of J&K High Court, Justice Gita Mittal, was informed during a visit to Central Jail here on Saturday.
Mittal inspected arrangements relating to diet, health, hygiene, sanitation, prisoners barracks, vocational training and medical facilities during her visit to the jail, an official spokesperson said. This was the first time that any Chief Justice of High Court of J&K visited the Central Jail.
On her arrival she was welcomed by V.K. Singh, IPS, DGP Prisons and a Guard of Honour was presented to her. She took a round of the Jail premises and interacted with the Jail inmates and the three children accompanying female inmates. She was accompanied by A.R. Malik, Principal District & Sessions Judge Srinagar and Jawad Ahmad, Principal Secretary to Chief Justice. Dr. M.S. Lone, DIG Prisons, Shalender, DIG (North) CRPF, T.R. Katoch, Sr. Superintendent, Central Jail Srinagar and senior Officers of Prisons Department and CRPF were also present on the occasion, the spokesperson said.
The Chief Justice in her address highlighted that the aim of judiciary is to provide legal aid services to all inmates. She emphasized that there is a need to generate awareness among the inmates about their rights and it is the responsibility of the Judiciary to ensure that the inmates are not deprived of their rights. She said efforts are being made to link the courts with the Jails for trial purpose.
Speaking on the occasion, the DGP Prisons informed the Chief Justice that there are 3394 inmates in the prisons located in J&K including 137 female inmates. He said that out of the sanctioned strength of 1581 posts, presently 911 are posted and 670 posts are vacant including nine doctors and 30 paramedics, the spokesperson said.
He briefed the Chief Justice about the facilities available in the Prisons and steps being taken for reformation of inmates.
He informed that vocational trainings in trades like Carpentry, Electrician, Cutting & Tailoring, Crewel work, Computers and Paper Machie are being imparted in the jail.
Besides sports, cultural activities and library, television sets have been provided in all barracks for the recreation of inmates. He apprised the Chief Justice about the e-Prisons Management System in which data of prisoners is computerized and shared on a National Portal. The DGP said that steps are being taken to modernize the interview rooms and to further streamline interview procedure in the Jails. He also talked about the ongoing e-Courts project and new Jail Manual which are in the final stage.
During interaction with inmates, the Chief Justice took note of the grievances of inmates like non-availability of police escort and shortage of medical/ para medical staff. The inmates also requested for their speedy trial. The inmates expressed their gratitude to the Chief Justice for visiting the Jail. After the address she inaugurated the Administrative Block.