Staff Reporter

To monitor jail inmates and the activities of jail staff

Steps on to install video-conferencing facilities in jail

Home Department to improve the functioning of jails

KANNUR: Principal Home Secretary K.J. Mathew has said that close circuit TV will be installed in the Central Jail here to monitor jail inmates and the activities of the jail staff.

Mr. Mathew, who visited the jail on Tuesday with the Director General of Police (Prisons) K.P. Somajaran, told reporters at the jail that the project for the CCTV sanctioned by the State government would be implemented in the prison by the end of the financial year.

He said that steps would also be taken to install video-conferencing facilities in the jail. Moves were on to submit a proposal in this regard.

The facility would allow jail authorities to present under-trials in the jail before courts through video-conferencing.

‘Visit for feedback’

The Principal Home Secretary said his visit was part of the initiative to get feedback from jail staff and inmates in all jails in the State. He said the government was planning to conceive a good project for modernisation of jails. There were also proposals for amending the jail rules.

Asked about the High Court’s direction to shift political prisoners to the jail at Viyyur, Mr. Mathew said the court’s direction would be implemented.

The Home Department was trying to improve the functioning of jails in general. Complaints regarding sanctioning of parole would be examined, he added.

Mr. Somarajan said the Union government had sanctioned Rs.16 crore for modernisation of jails in the State.

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