State to augment manpower, facilities in jails, says DGP

'Prisons in state to have CCTV cameras soon'

The Director General of Police (Prisons) H S Sathyanarayana Rao said, in view of strengthening the Prisons department, the state government has sanctioned new 1,811 posts and the staff strength of the department would double in the next three years.

After receiving the guard of honour during the passing out parade of the 44th batch of probationary prison warders, here, on Friday, he said, the department currently has 1,742 personnel. “Now the government has decided to strengthen the department. The facility to conduct trial of the accused via video conference will be provided in all prisons, across the state. The process is on to purchase the required equipment and gadgets. All prisons will have CCTV cameras soon,” he added.

“There are a total of 14,800 inmates in all the prisons in the state, which is 150% higher occupation, compared to the existing capacity. The Central Prisons in Mysuru cannot be shifted to elsewhere on the outskirts of the city as no land is available. Still the search is on. Meanwhile, Dakshina Kannada district has been sanctioned a new prison building,” he added.

He said, in order to check illegal activities in prisons, a sophisticated equipment ‘F1G1 Poll’ has been procured to jam mobile networks. Five F1G1 Poll equipment will be given to Mysuru, Mangaluru and Belagavi prisons. Bengaluru prison will get two equipment, Sathyanarayana Rao added.

ADGP G Veerabhadra- swamy said, the Prisons department in Karnataka is a model for the whole country.

“The personnel should discharge their duties with discipline, sincerity, honesty and patience,” he said.

Among the 61 probationary warders, who passed out on Friday, 34 are BSc graduates, 16 DEd and BEd graduates, five diploma holders and one engineering graduate.

IGP Vipul Kumar, Police Commissioner Dr A Subramanyeshwara Rao and SP Ravi D Channannavar were present.

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