LAHORE (APP) - The convict who learns the Holy Quran by heart and qualify different academic exams, learn trade skills during confinement in jails get special remission up to two years in their sentence in Punjab. Prisons Chief Punjab Kokab Nadeem Warraich in an interview with APP here Sunday said that the Punjab Prisons department on the special directive of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif had tailored an ambitious programme to impart religious education and technical training to inmates for their rehabilitation as responsible citizens after their release from prison. He said that over scores of convicts undergoing different terms in five jails of the province have so far learnt the Quran by heart recently under the supervision of approved qualified panel of religious teachers. All 21 convicts who learnt holy Quran, on the report of a panel of examiners drawn from top religious institutions of the province, have given two years special remission in their sentence. About 29 other convicts in various prisons are presently learning the Holy Quran after qualifying the Quran-e-Nazra examinations, he said. Christian convicts are also provided the services of Christian teachers to guide them in their faith, he added. He said training in trades like ceramics, TV assembling, pottery, carpet weaving and tailoring etc. is also being imparted to prisoners in all Central Jails of the province. The IG explained that six months remission is being granted to convicts who qualify the exams of universities/boards/technical education boards during confinement. Talking about security arrangements in prisons, Kokab Nadeem Warraich said range DIGs and Jail Superintendents had been directed to enforce the jail manual in their respective prisons so that rules are followed and security lapses do not occur. The IG said that discipline and tight security in and around all prisons had been fully ensured, and action was also being taken against negligent officials which may even lead to suspension and removal from service, he observed. Kokab Nadeem Warraich said that there would be no compromise on the quality of food and medical treatment for inmates in jail hospitals, adding that a master plan was being chalked out for the welfare of both jailers and inmates.