Deaths behind bars decline in Telangana State

Deaths behind bars decline in Telangana State

The number of prisoner deaths in Telangana jails has drastically come down to a single digit The prisoner deaths declined from 56 in 2014 to 8in 2018

Hyderabad: The number of prisoner deaths in Telangana jails has drastically come down to a single digit. The prisoner deaths declined from 56 in 2014 to 8 in 2018.

Addressing a press conference, Director General Prisons V K Singh said the initiative taken by the authorities and team effort by the staff led to all-round improvement. Telangana prisons became a role model for other State prisons the country. He said Telangana prisons had become almost corruption-free. Only one allegation against a jail official came to light.

The DG Prisons said even after 30 hardcore terrorists are in Telangana prisons. But not even a single untoward incident and no violent incidents occurred in the jails. Not a single prisoner escaped from the Telangana prisons.

The CCTV camera surveillance round-the-clock and keeping them separately in a specially arranged ‘Swastik Jail’ and not allowing anybody to meet anyone made the jails incident and violent free. He said handling with Nigerians became a headache for their staff.

Sexual offenders detained under POCSO and rape cases were also kept in separate barracks. About 300 prisoners are in jails booked under PD Act. Telangana Prisons had seen 76,443 admissions in 2018.

As of now 5,608 prisoners are in jails, out of which 2,081 are convicts, 3,228 are under trials, 299 detenues and 406 are female prisoners. The women prisoners who are above 60 years of age would be provided cots at a cost of Rs 30 lakh.

About 12,000 persons who were booked under drunken drive cases are undergoing imprisonment in all prisons across the state. ‘Jail for Rent’ programme is delayed as the matter is pending with the government.

The Prisons department had clocked a turnover of more than Rs 495 crore in 2018 through industries and petrol stations run by it, a top official said Thursday. The department, which is marching towards self-sufficiency, achieved Rs 495.85 crore turnover and earned a net profit of Rs 16.72 crore last year.

It is eyeing Rs 30 crore net profit in the current year (2019), Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services, Singh said. "Our target is to earn Rs 100 crore profits in 2020 which will make the department self-sufficient.

Till now over Rs 50 lakh interest-free loan were sanctioned to 197 prisoners since 2016. As many as 32 members are assigned ‘after care service’ to help the prisoners released after serving the term of conviction. They are provided with official mobiles to monitor the released prisoners and potential criminals.

So far 7,319 male beggars and 4,475 female beggars had visited the ‘Anand Ashram’ of which 7,079 male beggars and 4,440 female beggars were released on their personal undertaking that they would not to resort to begging.

As on date 240 male beggars and 35 female beggars are in Anand Ashram. He said when a sufficient help from police and GHMC would be provided to then, then only they can free the city roads from begging menace.

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