LAHORE - The Prisons Management Information System (PMIS), after successful pilot project at Camp Jail Lahore is now extending its network to another 20 jails having more than 2,000 population for complete computerization of history, thumb prints and images of all inmates, remissions, bail and record.

Highlighting the distinctive features of the project,  Inspector General of Prison Punjab Mian Farooq Nazeer told APP here Sunday that a MoU between UNODC and Home Department  was signed on July 2 last for complete computerization of  prisons department Punjab in a phased plan. He said that a pilot project was launched at Camp Jail which successfully developed database of an average number of 3000 plus inmates by using automated finger/palm print identification system. He said it helped a lot to facilitate the visitors through fast-track registration of interviews and instant redressal of public grievances.

Complete address and computerised national  identity cards of nearly 17,000 inmates and visitors has so far been stored in this system for ready reference, he added.

He said that PMIS will also ensure timely production of under trial inmates besides managing day to day affairs of the prisons while complete transfer and posting and leaves record of entire staff including Superintendents of Jail, Deputy and Assistant Superintendents and warders will also be maintained.

About another feature, Mian Farooq said that complete  particulars of prisoners will include name, alias, gender, caste, district, province, country, father and grandfather  name, date of birth, martial status, number of children, name of spouses, complete address, identification mark, scar, status, category, class, nature of offence, barrack number, thumb prints, address, education, under section sentence awarded, nature of offence, FIR number, name of police station, name of trial court, appeals, medical and criminal history and behaviour.

Superintendent Camp Jail Shahram Tauqir Khan told APP here that through this project, the prisoners can easily be identified by name, thumb prints, image, date of admission, FIR, date of conviction etc.

About the training of staff, he said that warder have been imparted computer education on the special directive of Prisons Chief while Deputy Inspector General Lahore Mubashar Ahmad Khan inspected and monitored the project at least once in a week.