Special Sub Jail at Poojappura Central Prison inaugurated
The government has decided to house only convicts in the Central Prisons at Poojappura, Viyyur and Kannur as part of steps to end overcrowding in the prisons and to check unlawful activities in jails, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said.
Inaugurating the Rs.3.47-crore Special Sub Jail within the precincts of the Central Prison at Poojappura on Thursday, the Minister said the government had started shifting the undertrials and remand prisoners from the Central Prison at Kannur and 46 had to be shifted from the Central Prison at Viyyur. The Central Prison in the capital would be decongested as the new special sub jail could house 228 persons.
“It is a policy decision of the government to house the undertrials and the remand prisoners in the sub jails, special sub jails and district jails in the State,” the Minister said. The unlawful activities that had been detected in the Central Prison at Kannur had been going on for the last 10-15 years. The government had issued directive to the officials to deal sternly with such activities.
Stating that nine new jails had been constructed in the last four years, Mr. Balakrishnan said the government was trying to change the image of the prisons by creating more infrastructure facilities for the inmates and by making them as reform centres. The State would make use of Rs.154 crore given by the Centre for the modernisation of the prisons and for setting up a hi-tech prison in the State in the coming months.
The Home Minister said all the posts of the wardens in the prisons would be filled this month from the PSC list and the government would bring to an end the practice of posting temporary hands as wardens.
As many as 600 persons serving various terms in the prisons had not got parole till date and the government would look into it sympathetically after getting the report from the police and probation officers, he added.
V. Sivankutty, MLA, presided over the function. Shashi Tharoor, MP, who was the chief guest, said human conditions of the prisoners should drastically improve and more emphasis should be laid on the rehabilitation of those who had completed the sentence.
“Resources and efforts should be used for the development of the state,” Dr. Tharoor added.
Mayor C. Jayan Babu, councillors and Additional Director-General of Police (Prisons) Alexander Jacob were among those who spoke.