JHANG - Punjab Prisons Minister Malik Iqbal Channar has said that the Punjab government has taken various welfare steps to transform the jails into reformatory institutions for the spiritual and vocational training of inmates so they could lead their life as a useful citizen after release. He said this during the inspection of the district jail after inaugurating the building of Muhammad Ali Jinnah Line at the jail. He said that different welfare policies were being followed for the betterment and rehabilitation of prisoners besides ensuring the protection of human rights and comprehensive monitoring process had also been initiated to check the implementation of jail manual. He directed the jail administration of maintain discipline in the jail and entry of banned items in the jail should strictly be checked. The minister took round of the barracks of women, juveniles and other prisoners and listened to their problems. He also visited the kitchen, hospital and food godowns of the jail and checked the quality of the food besides reviewing the medical treatment facilities for the ailing inmates. The minister while appreciating the security and cleanliness condition in the jail, directed the jail administration to expand educational and training facilities for the prisoners for which cooperation of the local philanthropists should be sought. Jail Superintendent Muhammad Amir Qureshi briefed the minister about the administrative and security arrangements in the jail and said that as many as 1978 prisoners were housed at present in the jail against the capacity of 916 prisoners. He also informed that various welfare projects had been established in the jail with the generous cooperation of local philanthropists for providing the facilities to the jail inmates and their families. On the occasion, MPA Syed Hassan Murtaza announced the donation of electric water cooler for the jail. Later, the minister met DPO Mazhar Farooq in his office and discussed matters relating to the law and order situation in the district. Women to be vaccinated: Under the mother and child healthcare programme, the Health Department has fixed target to vaccinate 4,75,870 women from 15 to 49 years of age against the disease of tetanus in the district. The special campaign would be started from June 20th to 26th to achieve the target. EDO Health Dr Khalid Islam was disclosed this during a meeting held here under the chairmanship of DCO Shahid Niaz. The meeting was informed that 175 mobile teams of the Health Department had been constituted while 78 static centre would also be established in the district to vaccinate the women. It was further informed that during the campaign polio vaccine drops would also be administered to the children under 5 years of age besides vaccinating the children of age up to 23rd month to save them from different epidemic diseases under expand programme of immunization.