Private security for prisons from Aug 15

Private security for prisons from Aug 15

Prisons Minister Umesh Katti told reporters in Bangalore on Wednesday that tenders have been invited for hiring private agencies with an objective of tightening the security outside the prisons.

Katti said five companies had come forward with their proposals and the agencies would be finalised in the next 10 days. Private security would be deployed outside the Bangalore, Mysore, Belgaum, Bellary, Dharwad, Tumkur and Mangalore prisons by August 15, he said. Their deployment would help in preventing illegal acts like supply of ganja, liquor and mobile phones to prisoners, he said.

He said the prisons department was facing shortage of staff and the deployment of private security forces would be helpful in easing the work burden. At the same time, department would soon recruit 342 wardens, 22 jailors and 22 instructors, he added.

The private security agencies would be responsible for security outside the prisons and criminal cases could be filed against them for lapses, if any.

Katti said the inmates of the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail had contributed Rs 5.07 lakh to the Calamity Relief Fund, for rehabilitation of flood victims of North Karnataka. The contribution had been gathered from savings after the prisoners decided to forego non-vegetarian food and sweets for four weeks.

They had also contributed one-day’s labour wages to the relief fund. Katti ruled out allegations that the contributions made by the prisoners had been misused by the department staff.

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