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VISITING JAIL: Minister of Revenue and Law, I. Periyasamy, discussing a point with jail authorities at Palayamkottai on Friday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
VISITING JAIL: Minister of Revenue and Law, I. Periyasamy, discussing a point with jail authorities at Palayamkottai on Friday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

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Renovation of cells going on: Minister for Revenue and Law

TIRUNELVELI: Renovation of Palayamkottai Central Prison is being carried out at an outlay of Rs. 3.59 crore during the current fiscal, the Minister for Revenue and Law, I. Periyasamy, has informed.

After visiting the jail, he reporters here on Friday that renovation of cells and all other infrastructure facilities in the prison, housing 1,658 inmates including 718 life convicts, had been completed at a cost of Rs. 2.52 crore and the remaining works were going on.

Asserting that the prisoners were being given better food and chicken on Sundays, he said electric fans had been provided to ensure the comfort of inmates.

"We give them ample opportunities for their unhindered education and 14 of the inmates have completed their M.Phil. while a good number of prisoners are undergoing computer training programmes," he said.

Mr. Periyasamy dismissed the suggestions that most of the prisoners were carrying mobile phones and tobacco products and other banned articles were being allowed inside, saying that the prisoners were being allowed inside after they were asked to pass through three-tier security arrangements.

DIG (Prisons) B.M. Ezra, Palayamkottai Central Prison Superintendent George Theodore Selwyn, Minister for Environment and Pollution Control T.P.M. Maideen Khan, MLAs V. Karuppasamy Pandian and N. Maalairaja, Tirunelveli Corporation Deputy Mayor K. Muthuramalingam, District Revenue Officer G. Srinivasan and Revenue Divisional Officer Rajendran accompanied the minister.

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