INSPECTION NOTE OF HON’BLE MEMBER SHRI AVINASHRAI KHANNA OF HIS VISIT TO CENTRAL JAIL, PATIALA.
On 06.09.2009, at about , I visited Central Jail,
area of Central Jail,
The internal area of the jail is about 80 acres and outer area of the jail is about 14 acres. Total jail is situated in 94 acres of land, out of which 35 acres of land is used for cultivation purposes and 44 acres of land is used for grounds and barracks are constructed for inmates. In outer area of the jail, in 8 acres, a training school is going on and in 6 acres of land, accommodation to officers and staff is provided.
The vegetables etc. are being sown in the cultivated land which is managed by convicts lodged in the jail. This land can be used in a good manner for which experts should be consulted.
Capacity of Jail:
jail has a capacity to keep 1122 inmates, but at the time of my visit, about
1574 inmates were lodged in the jail. The population statement of Central Jail,
The total sanctioned strength of employees of the jail is 194. At preent 176 employees are posted. There is a shortage of 18 employees in the jail. The statement showing the staff strength is attached with the report which is Annexure ‘B.’
the time of my visit, no doctor, no other staff member, i.e. pharmacist
etc. were present in the jail premises. It was reported that since it was
Sunday and staff of the hospital is available on call. It is 11 bedded -hospital.
The kitchen situated in the hospital for patients, toilets were not neat and
There is no separate Medical Ward for the females.
In the hospital, there is a separate T.B. Ward which has a capacity of 9 Beds. The bath rooms and toilets were very dirty. At the time of my visit, smell of smoke was coming out from the rooms of the patients. Deepak Kumar and Ashok Kumar lying admitted in the hospital stated that they are not produced in the Court on the date fixed for their evidence etc. It is also reported that diet in the hospital is also not proper, as specific diet is required to be provided to patients of heart diseases, diabetes etc. but there is no provision to provide them special diet.
Hardip Singh son of Jagat Singh inmate of the hospital reported that he is a heart patient and he has not been provided the diet as prescribed by the doctors.
It has been
reported that there are only 2 Pharmacists posted in the
There are 13 Watch-towers out of which only 7 towers are working, 6 towers are not working because of shortage of staff.
The mess where food and tea for the inmates is prepared has a separate building. At the time of my visit, it was neat and clean and it is managed by about 70 inmates.
Female Jail Ward:
It is separately located. This Ward is having one big hall and 2 barracks. In one barrack, about 4/5 inmates were lodged and other inmates were lodged in a hall type building which is having attached bath rooms and latrines. Those are very dirty.
The barracks and the other place where inmates were lodged, were not neat and clean. So many barracks were without fan and electricity. Even the barracks were not provided with dust-bins.
New toilets were under construction. As per number of inmates, this jail requires about 250/300 toilets and bath rooms. About 190 have been constructed and 80 are yet to be constructed. Those toilets and bath rooms which have been constructed, water supply has not been given to these toilets. Without proper water supply, these toilets cannot be used.
This jail has the facility of hot line connection.
One more tubewell is required to be installed in the jail to meet the supply of drinking water to the inmates. It has been reported that the drinking water is not pure. There is also sewerage problem in the jail.
CCTV Cameras are fitted in the jail, but all are not working condition.
This jail has no proper library. The inmates have requested that there should be a library as they want to read books and newspapers whenever they are free.
About 25 inmates have reported that they do not get proper medical treatment and medicines. The doctor accompanying me was asked to check up all the patients so that they can be properly treated. It has also been reported that whenever a patient is required to be shifted to Civil hospital or any other hospital, the guards are not provided to take them to such hospitals. So, in absence of proper arrangement, they are to remain without treatment in the hospital.
Premature release of the inmates:
7 cases, the list of which is at Annexure ‘C’ have been moved to DGP Jail for premature release, but they have not been released so far.
A large number of inmates have reported that they are not provided with legal assistance. The Superintendent of the Jail was asked to prepare a list and provide them legal assistance. So many inmates have reported that their challans have not been presented.
I, along with the Superintendent of the Jail took the food prepared for the inmates. It was upto mark. No body complained about the behaviour of the jail authorities.
I recommend that the building where hospital is running, should be repaired immediately and provision should be made to make this building neat and clean.
Proper staff in the jail hospital be provided and the specialist doctors be put in service and they should visit the jail hospital from time to time. Medical Camps be organized in the jail by expert doctors frequently.
In jail, the vacancies which are lying, should be filled up immediately for the proper supervision of the jail.
Arrangement should be made for patients of chronic diseases to provide them the diet which is prescribed by the doctor.
Proper electricity arrangement should be made in the jail. This jail requires about 300 fans which should be immediately provided in the jail. The jail should be white washed immediately.
Proper library with books be provided in the jail. One librarian should also be posted in the jail or services of an educated inmate can be utilized to run the library.
A tubewell should immediately be installed. The required bath rooms and toilets should be constructed. The old toilets should be renovated. For the entertainment of inmates, T.Vs should be provided.
Proper legal assistance to the inmates who need free legal aid be provided on priority basis and follow up of cases of the inmates be taken up so that the inmates may not feel insecure without legal assistance.
The requisite staff be provided to take the inmates to the respective hospitals for their treatment. Medicines should be provided in time to the inmates.
CCTV Cameras be put in order which is for the security of the inmates of the jail.
Dust-bins etc. be provided in the jail.
In the jail, the necessary provision be made to keep the jail neat and clean.
Regular counseling by experienced persons from different fields be put in service to visit the jail for the guidance and teaching of the inmates of the jail.
Some advice of agricultural expert be taken to make proper use of the land situated in the jail.
The reports of the inmates whose cases have been moved for their premature release be obtained.
( Avinash Rai Khanna )