Punjab Social Welfare Secretary Fahmeeda Mushtaq has said the government was going to upgrade jails across the province and special arrangements were being made for food, health and education facilities for inmates. She expressed these views after her visit to jails in Multan.

She said special officers were being assigned duties to inspect jails and point out the problems being faced by inmates. She said that due to less literacy rate in Pakistan, crime rate in women was being surged.  To combat this trend education was being promoted in jails and number of teachers in jails was also being increased. Free medicines were being provided to prisoners and jails hospital staff has been completed in jails.

Ultra sound machines, X-rays machines and Hepatitis test facilities have been provided in various jails. The secretary inquired after the hospitalised prisoners and issued orders to redress their grievances. She inspected the mess of the prisoners and quality of the food prepared for the prisoners. Superintendent Jail, while briefing the Secretary Superintendent said that there were 2500 prisoners in the jail and they were being looked after. –Staff Reporter