Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday said that the Centre decided to waive off Rs 21 crore expenses incurred on the deployment of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at the Arthur Road jail to guard lone survivor of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai, Mohammad Ajmal Kasab.

Mr. Shinde was speaking after visiting the Arthur Road jail and reviewing the security arrangements there.

“The waived off money should be used for prison reform programme, especially to improve the training centre facility in Yerawada jail in Pune,” he said.

The ITBP was guarding Kasab ever since he was kept at Arthur Road jail, four years ago. Maharashtra Home Minister R.R Patil wrote to the Centre that the financial burden of the ITBP should not be put on the State government alone.

Mr. Shinde said that his next stop would be Tihar jail in Delhi, where he would inspect the security of the prison. He would be visiting all the major jails in metros across the country.