KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has suggested electronic vigilance of inmates and jail staff as well as inspection by a team, especially at night.
Presiding over a meeting on jail reforms in the light of a Supreme Court order as well as findings of the Federal Ombudsman at the CM House here on Friday, the chief minister said the provincial government was committed to introducing effective and efficient jail reforms.
He said that there were 25 jails in the province with a capacity of about 12,000 inmates, but more than 21,000 had been imprisoned there.
“Overcrowding is the root cause of several other problems and, therefore, effective measures are needed to improve living conditions in jails,” he said.
The chief minister said most of the poor inmates, particularly women and foreigners, usually have no money to pay their sureties and penalties. He said the endowment fund to be funded by the federal and provincial governments and philanthropists would be utilised to pay such fees.
Shakeed Durrani, who represented the Federal Ombudsman, said reforms were required in jail manual, segregation of under-trial and convicted prisoners, improvement in educational and recreational activities by introducing professional and technical courses. Arrangements should be made for an endowment fund meant for the welfare of prisoners, he added.