SHILLONG, April 26: As a part of modernisation of the jails in the state, a e-Prison software, which is the first of its kind in the North-East, was launched by Meghalaya home minister James K Sangma at the Shillong District Jail on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, Sangma said that this would improve efficiency in a very large extent.
“This has led to the digitisation of prisoner database which will not only modernise the functioning of the district jail but also bring about more transparency,” he said.
According to him, the jail inmates need to be treated human touch even as he stressed on the need to provide vocational training to them.
He informed that the government is taking measures for the setting up of a Central jail so that hardcore criminal, convicts can be separated with UTPs and petty criminals.
According to him, steps are also being taken to ensure that the Nongstoin jail which has been delayed for years is completed at the earliest.
Stating that the Government wants to introduce video conferencing facilities in Williamnagar and Tura district jails, he added that the government is also keen to connect all the district jails in the state with the CCTV cameras.
Earlier in his speech, DG Prisons RP Agarwal said that the state government is focusing on the modernisation of jails and informed Ministry of Home Affairs has sanctioned Rs 42 lakh for the project.