LAHORE - Punjab Prisons Department on the special directive of Chief Minister Punjab has chalked out a master plan for training of all inmates in different skills in a phased programme for better future life of prisoners after their release.

Unfolding the salient features of master plan, Prisons Chief Punjab Mian Farooq Nazeer in an exclusive interview with APP here Sunday that Prisons Department singed an memorandum of understanding with TEVTA Punjab for imparting training to 6400 inmates annually in 15 short duration courses of 3 to 6 months at jails. He said that initial cost of the plan is rupees 228.43 million of which fifty per cent will be borne by the TEVTA.

He said that TEVTA in first phase will construct entire infrastructure for the establishment of training centres in 13 jails to be further extended in all other prisons across the province. He said these courses will be launched in all the 9 central jails besides district jails of Jhelum, Sialkot and District Women Jail Multan.

The IG said in order to ensure proper training, Punjab Board of Technical Education and Technical Training Board will conduct the exams of the inmates and all successful ones will be awarded special remission ranging from 3 to 6 months.

Mian Farooq Nazeer said that it was first time in the 100 years history of the prisons department, such a drastic measure has been taken only for the welfare of the prisoners. He said that even inmates holding diploma or certificate of TEVTA can set up their own business and go abroad of job.

He said that not even a single penny will be charged from prisoners and all training expenses of rupees 500 million will be borne by the Prisons Department. He said that Senior Superintendent Camp Jail, Shahram Tauqir Khan has been directed to conduct the feasibility of these courses in future at camp jails without compromising the in and around security.