KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to construct eight more prisons in the province, as the existing prisons are overcrowded, where 17,239 inmates are lodged against a total capacity of 13,038.
This decision was taken at a meeting held here on Thursday to review the prevailing situation of prisons in the province. The meeting, which was co-chaired by Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah and Federal Ombudsman Syed Tahir Shahbaz, was informed that the reason for overcrowding of the existing prisons was shifting of prisoners from other districts which did not have jails to lodge the prisoners.
The chief secretary stated that the government had planned, besides adding new barracks to the existing jails, to build more prisons to reduce the pressure on overcrowded jails. In this connection, he said that new barracks were being built at the existing prison in Malir to increase its capacity while the government planned to construct new prisons in Thatta, Nawabshah, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Mithi, Kandhkot and Jamshoro and District West.
Mr. Shah directed the home secretary to prepare summary for allocating 100 and 200 acres of land for the proposed jails in Malir and District West. respectively’
The meeting, while reviewing the facilities being provided to inmates in prisons as per recommendations of the Federal Ombudsman, was informed that several projects were underway for the welfare of inmates. Besides arranging English language courses for the inmates, the projects include vocational training to 4,623 inmates in computer, beautician, carpenter, motor-winding, electrician, handicrafts, embroidery and other trades.
The meeting was also informed that at present 6,886 inmates were imparted education from primary to masters. As many as 200 policemen had also completed training. The provincial government has also paid the money of Dayat, Daman, and Arsh for 33 prisoners.