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Naveen Lauds Jail Admin


Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today exhorted jail officials to adhere to all the guidelines and instructions on Modern day Jail Administration in letter and spirit.


Handing over appointment letters to 238 Warders at a function here, he said the newly recruited personnel will render responsible and dedicated service to set new examples for Jail Administration.

ACS Home Asit Tripathy, ADG Prisons Binayananda Jha, Special Secretary Home Santosh Bala also spoke on the occasion.

Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik advised the Prison Administration to follow best practices in jail administration and adopt good practices of other states to transform jails.
 
“Warders are the most important functionaries in the field in overall Jail Administration and hence I would like the Prisons Directorate to take full measures in imparting quality training to them in Prison Administration and Correctional Services so that they perform their service oriented duties responsibly,” he said.
 
The Chief Minister said that Prison Management and Correctional Services, being important and integral part of the Criminal Justice System, assume great significance in reformation and rehabilitation of inmates lodged in different Jails.
 
“There is no overcrowding in Odisha Jails because of efforts made in the direction of providing legal aid to the inmates, periodical reviews made by District level Judicial, Civil and Jail Administration for Under Trial Prisoners and biannual review made by State Sentence Review Board,” he said.
 
Mr.Patnaik said there is continuous endeavour underway to improve the facilities inside the Jails such as construction of new wards for spacious accommodation of inmates, renovation of kitchens, drainage, lighting, provision of purified and cold drinking water, installation of telephones and other infrastructure needed for inmates.
 
“I am glad that Video Conferencing facilities have been established in most of the Jails with the corresponding Courts for speedy trial and by the end of current year, all the Odisha Jails will have Video Conferencing facilities,” he said adding, “I wish that Odisha Jails should carry on with their best practices in Jail Administration and also adopt the good practices of other States to transform the Jails of the State.”
 
He complimented the Prisons Directorate and Home Department for successfully completing the recruitment of the Warders.
 
“With the availability of 238 Warders, the facilities and services inside Jails will get improved further and reforms and rehabilitation of its inmates will be expedited,” the Chief Minister said.


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