Chief Minister Gifts Modern Amenities to Bihar Prisoners

Nitish Kumar inaugurating various schemes in Hajipur Jail on Monday.

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Hajipur: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Hajipur on Wednesday launched a host of schemes for the welfare of prisoners in Bihar doing time for committing a host of crimes ranging from simple bribery to rape, armed robberies, and murder saying he felt empathy for them because of his imprisonment during the JP's call for Total Revolution in the '70s.

Nitish Kumar looking at the model of the proposed Bihar Sudharatmak Prashasanik Sansthan in Hajipur.Besides inaugurating what is being dubbed as 'Bihar Sudharatmak Prashasanik Sansthan', the Chief Minister also launched Prison ERP System in 55 jails across the state, 56 telephone booths in 30 jails, and canteens providing delicacies like samosas, biryani etc. in 11 jails.

In the spirit of humanity, Kumar also inaugurated construction of multi-purpose open auditorium in all Central Prisons in Bihar and residential facilities for jail officials and staff of the Hajipur jail.

"Forget about electricity, prisons did not even use to have basic amenities when I had to go the jail many times during the JP Agitation. It is during that time I came to realize the pitiful condition of the prisoners. When I came into power, I decided that I will do something to improve the situation in all jails in Bihar," he said.

Kumar further said that each jail in Bihar will have video-conferencing system in place so the prisoners are not physically transported to courts for appearances.

"We have sent a proposal to this effect to the central government; hopefully the Center will okay the plan. Moreover, all prisons in Bihar are being computerized and prisoners' records are being added in a database so as to maintain a history of their criminal activities," he said.

To further improve the condition of prisoners in the state, the government is working on schemes to prepare for their rehabilitation. Job training, yoga, religious discourse, and cultural activities are also being encouraged in all prisons to keep inmates engaged and healthy," the CM said.

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