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Thursday June 13, 2024

‘Beggars to be kept in Punjab jail’

Visitor cameras will be designed by the Infrastructure Development Authority of Punjab (IDAP) to enhance security and ensure all necessary features are provided

By Our Correspondent
May 30, 2024
Representational image of inmates behind jail bars. — Unsplash/File
Representational image of inmates behind jail bars. — Unsplash/File

LAHORE: In a move to combat the beggar mafia, the Punjab government has decided to allot barracks for beggars in jails across the province. Punjab Home Secretary Noor Ul Amin Mengal emphasized that the beggar mafia is kept in jails while the law takes its due course.

To improve prison conditions, the Secretary of Interior Punjab has issued instructions to upgrade visitors’ rooms. They will be equipped with air-conditioning.

The visitor cameras will be designed by the Infrastructure Development Authority of Punjab (IDAP) to enhance security and ensure all necessary features are provided. The Secretary Home Punjab has mandated health screenings for prisoners across the province to ensure their well-being.

During his visit to District Jail Faisalabad, Home Secretary Noor Ul Amin Mengal inspected various facilities, including the visitors’ room, kitchen, prison hospital, and men’s and women’s barracks.

He checked the quality of food being served and directed using proper utensils for that purpose. He also instructed maintaining hygienic standards and asked the Food Authority to conduct monthly surprise visits. A private consultant will be engaged to train the jail staff on proper food preparation and hygienic practices.

DIG Kamran and Superintendent Jail Ali Akbar briefed the Home Secretary on the status and ongoing improvements within the jail.