Various educational, technical programmes launched in jails: IG prisons
LAHORE— Inspector General of Prisons, Mian Farooq Nazir said on Sunday that various programmes had been launched in jails of Punjab to provide education and technical and vocational training to prisoners to make them useful citizens of the society.
Talking to APP, he said that different committees had been formed to supervise educational activities and technical & vocational training facilities in jails which meet regularly on monthly basis. So far, 1,791 prisoners have been released by giving them remission in their jail terms after they passed different religious and educational courses examinations.
The IG prisons said that some factories had been made functional again in different jails including Central Jail Gujranwala, Central Jail Dera Ghazi Khan and District Jail Jhang where prisoners were being imparted carpet- weaving skills. Besides, added the IG prisons, efforts were being made to restart work at Central Jail Gujranwala factory, where footballs are manufactured.
The IG prisons said that adult literacy centres have been set up in five central jails of Punjab including Rawalpindi, Mianwali, DG Khan, Multan and Bahawalpur, and a memorandum of understanding ( MoU) had been signed with the Literacy & Non- Formal Basic Education Department, Punjab, in this regard.
Also, he added, courses have been launched from May 2014 in central jails of Lahore and Multan in collaboration with Toyota company, for skills development among prisoners. An MoU was signed with the Toyota authorities on September 30, 2015 in this regard.
The IG prisons revealed that under the agreement, technical and vocational training would be imparted to prisoners in 13 jails including central jails of Lahore, Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Mianwali, Rawalpindi, Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, borstal jails of Faisalabad and Bahawalpur, and district jails for female in Faisalabad and Multan.